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Winifred Atwell

(1914-1983), Pianist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian-born pianist and entertainer. She studied classical music in New York before moving to London and gaining a contract with Decca records. Atwell produced a string of 'ragtime' hits mostly on her honky-tonk piano including Britannia Rag (1952), Let's Have a Party (1953) and a number one record with Poor People of Paris (1956). Dubbed 'the Queen of the Ivories', her career peaked in the 1950s. She later moved to Australia.

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Winifred Atwell, by Walter Hanlon - NPG x129523

Winifred Atwell

by Walter Hanlon
bromide fibre print, 1952
NPG x129523

Winifred Atwell, by Harry Hammond - NPG x68921

Winifred Atwell

by Harry Hammond
resin coated print, 1957
NPG x68921

Winifred Atwell, by David Wedgbury - NPG x76430

Winifred Atwell

by David Wedgbury
cibachrome print, 1960
NPG x76430

Winifred Atwell, published by Francis, Day & Hunter, after  F.L. - NPG D48044

Winifred Atwell

published by Francis, Day & Hunter, after F.L.
halftone reproduction, published 1952
NPG D48044


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