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Fay Compton

(1894-1978), Actress and singer

Fay Compton (née Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton-Mackenzie)

Sitter in 41 portraits

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Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18919

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1913
NPG x18919

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18920

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1913
NPG x18920

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18921

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1913
NPG x18921

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18922

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1913
NPG x18922

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85801

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1913
NPG x85801

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x158936

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film copy negative, 1913
NPG x158936

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19294

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1914
NPG x19294

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19295

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1914
NPG x19295

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19296

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1914
NPG x19296

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83030

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1914
NPG x83030

Fay Compton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x102967

Fay Compton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1914
NPG x102967

Fay Compton, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG Ax160294

Fay Compton

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1917
NPG Ax160294

Fay Compton, by Howard Instead - NPG Ax132843

Fay Compton

by Howard Instead
bromide print, 1919
NPG Ax132843

Fay Compton, by Howard Instead - NPG Ax25004

Fay Compton

by Howard Instead
matte bromide print, 1919
NPG Ax25004

Fay Compton as Mary Rose, by Bertram Park - NPG x131934

Fay Compton as Mary Rose

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 1920
NPG x131934

Fay Compton, by Howard Instead - NPG Ax24982

Fay Compton

by Howard Instead
matte bromide print, early 1920s
NPG Ax24982

Fay Compton, by Howard Instead - NPG Ax24995

Fay Compton

by Howard Instead
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG Ax24995

Fay Compton, by Florence Vandamm, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x198094

Fay Compton

by Florence Vandamm, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, mid 1920s
NPG x198094

Fay Compton, by Florence Vandamm, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x198095

Fay Compton

by Florence Vandamm, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, mid 1920s
NPG x198095

Fay Compton as Mary, Queen of Scots, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x197371

Fay Compton as Mary, Queen of Scots

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published July 1924
NPG x197371

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