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Bassano 1937


2166 Portraits in set

The Gallery holds over 40,000 negatives taken by the Bassano studio between the 1870s and 1950s. The firm was founded by Alexander Bassano in 1850 in Regent Street, London. The studio moved three times later to Old Bond Street in 1876, Dover Street in 1920 and then to Pimlico in 1974, where it still operates. The firm donated the bulk of the gallery's collection in 1974 when it made its last move to Pimlico. In 1996 two further selection of negatives were acquired, namely much of the work taken by Alexander Bassano himself from the 1870s to the early 1900s and a further 5,000 negatives of mainly theatrical subjects (from 1903-1939) which were presented by John Culme.

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Charles Christopher Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152532

Charles Christopher Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass copy negative, 27 July 1936 (21 January 1937)
NPG x152532

Irene Vanbrugh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124418

Irene Vanbrugh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 April 1937
NPG x124418

Irene Vanbrugh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124419

Irene Vanbrugh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 April 1937
NPG x124419

Irene Vanbrugh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124420

Irene Vanbrugh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 April 1937
NPG x124420

Irene Vanbrugh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124421

Irene Vanbrugh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 9 April 1937
NPG x124421

Irene Vanbrugh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124422

Irene Vanbrugh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 9 April 1937
NPG x124422

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124423

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124423

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124424

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124424

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124425

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124425

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124426

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124426

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124427

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124427

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124428

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124428

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124429

Violet Vanbrugh (Violet Augusta Mary Barnes)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 February 1937
NPG x124429

Sir William Jock Whitworth, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85764

Sir William Jock Whitworth

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 8 March 1937
NPG x85764

Beverley Nichols, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26713

Beverley Nichols

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 16 November 1937
NPG x26713

Beverley Nichols, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26712

Beverley Nichols

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 6 September 1937
NPG x26712

Beverley Nichols, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26714

Beverley Nichols

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 16 November 1937
NPG x26714

Beverley Nichols, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26715

Beverley Nichols

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 16 November 1937
NPG x26715

Beverley Nichols, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26716

Beverley Nichols

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 16 November 1937
NPG x26716

Sir Archibald Dennis Flower with Gipsy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152485

Sir Archibald Dennis Flower with Gipsy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 1 June 1937
NPG x152485

Mervyn George Haigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152510

Mervyn George Haigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 January 1937
NPG x152510

Mervyn George Haigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152512

Mervyn George Haigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 18 January 1937
NPG x152512

Olive Crofton (née Schneider), Lady Smith-Dorrien, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152530

Olive Crofton (née Schneider), Lady Smith-Dorrien

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 21 January 1937
NPG x152530

Baron Rockley and family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152533

Baron Rockley and family

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 22 January 1937
NPG x152533

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152538

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 22 January 1937
NPG x152538

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152539

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 22 January 1937
NPG x152539

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152542

H. Mitchell (Fashion portrait)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 22 January 1937
NPG x152542

Archibald Henry Maule Ramsay, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152544

Archibald Henry Maule Ramsay

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 25 January 1937
NPG x152544

Lady (Mary) Elizabeth Oldfield (née Murray), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152547

Lady (Mary) Elizabeth Oldfield (née Murray)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 28 January 1937
NPG x152547

Dame Margaret Wakehurst, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152557

Dame Margaret Wakehurst

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 30 January 1937
NPG x152557

Dame Margaret Wakehurst, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152559

Dame Margaret Wakehurst

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 30 January 1937
NPG x152559

Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152561

Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 1 February 1937
NPG x152561

Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x152563

Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 1 February 1937
NPG x152563