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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

(1891-1992), Actress, theatre producer and director

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

Sitter in 18 portraits
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies made her stage debut in 1911 as a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1924, she first played Juliet to Sir John Gielgud's Romeo, starting a stage partnership that was to last for almost half a century. In 1938, she appeared with Ivor Novello in a production of Henry V at Drury Lane. In the same year, she appeared as Mrs Manningham in the first production of Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton. Ffrangcon-Davies was a founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which she joined for its first London season in 1961. She retired from the stage in 1970, but continued to appear on radio and television. Her films include The Witches (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968).

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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Angus McBean - NPG P893

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P893

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132001

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132001

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132002

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132002

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132003

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132003

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132004

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132004

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132005

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132005

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x198099

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
bromide postcard print, 1930s
NPG x198099

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x193467

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 23 March 1932
NPG x193467

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as 'Mary Queen of Scots', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x193462

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as 'Mary Queen of Scots'

by Yvonne Gregory
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 20 June 1934
NPG x193462

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as 'Chorus' in 'Henry V', by Angus McBean - NPG x194428

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as 'Chorus' in 'Henry V'

by Angus McBean
bromide press print, 1938
NPG x194428

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies - NPG x35162

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x35162

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Nicholas Sinclair - NPG x38420

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Nicholas Sinclair
platinum print, 1991
NPG x38420

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, by Bertram Park - NPG x199923

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Bertram Park
gelatin silver print
NPG x199923

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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 23 February 1949
NPG x193346

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The cast of 'King Lear'

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1950
NPG x5842

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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1920s-1940s
NPG D521

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