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Sir Noël Coward

(1899-1973), Actor, playwright and composer

Sitter associated with 117 portraits
Dramatist and actor. Born in Teddington, Coward went on to achieve great popular success as a playwright who frequently performed in his own plays. Notable works include The Vortex (1924) and Private Lives (1930). Photographer Cecil Beaton remarked that 'all sorts of men' tried to emulate Coward’s elegant style: 'sleek and satiny, clipped and well groomed, with a cigarette, a telephone, or a cocktail at hand'. His play Blithe Spirit (1941), and the film In Which We Serve (1942) contributed to the war effort. After the war he performed his own songs in cabaret in London and Las Vegas, giving him financial security.

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Daniel Massey's Christening party, by London News Agency - NPG x137631

Daniel Massey's Christening party

by London News Agency
bromide print, 1933
NPG x137631

Gertrude Lawrence; Noël Coward, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88295

Gertrude Lawrence; Noël Coward

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 17 September 1935
NPG x88295

Sir Noël Coward, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194250

Sir Noël Coward

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 2 January 1935
NPG x194250

Hope Williams and Sir Noël Coward in 'The Scoundrel', by Lusha Nelson - NPG x193429

Hope Williams and Sir Noël Coward in 'The Scoundrel'

by Lusha Nelson
halftone reproduction tear sheet, 1935
NPG x193429

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x1800

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1939
NPG x1800

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11064

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11064

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11065

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11065

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11066

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11066

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11067

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11067

Noël Coward; Lorn Loraine, by Howard Coster - NPG x11068

Noël Coward; Lorn Loraine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11068

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11069

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11069

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11070

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11070

Noël Coward; Lorn Loraine, by Howard Coster - NPG x11071

Noël Coward; Lorn Loraine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11071

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11072

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11072

Noël Coward, by Howard Coster - NPG x11073

Noël Coward

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11073

Sir Noël Coward, by Vandamm Studio - NPG x194249

Sir Noël Coward

by Vandamm Studio
vintage print, 1940s
NPG x194249

Noël Coward, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14052

Noël Coward

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1942
NPG x14052

Noël Coward, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x6932

Noël Coward

by Dorothy Wilding
toned bromide print, 1951
NPG x6932

Noël Coward, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x30470

Noël Coward

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1951
NPG x30470

Noël Coward, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x30471

Noël Coward

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1951
NPG x30471

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