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Bassano negatives, 1958-79


7309 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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Dame (Mary) Rosalind Paget, by Elliott & Fry, copied by  Bassano Ltd - NPG x177306

Dame (Mary) Rosalind Paget

by Elliott & Fry, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 19 November 1968 (1900s)
NPG x177306

Emmeline Pankhurst, by Elliott & Fry, copied by  Bassano Ltd - NPG x176282

Emmeline Pankhurst

by Elliott & Fry, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, copied 9 June 1965 (circa 1910)
NPG x176282

King George V, by and after Bassano Ltd - NPG x170271

King George V

by and after Bassano Ltd
half-plate film copy negative, 18 August 1959 (1911)
NPG x170271

Augustus John, by Vandyk, copied by  Bassano Ltd - NPG x173531

Augustus John

by Vandyk, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x173531

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill, copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x174561

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill

copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 6 May 1969 (1942-1943)
NPG x174561

Sir Ian Hurry Riches, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170009

Sir Ian Hurry Riches

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 November 1958
NPG x170009

Sir Ian Hurry Riches, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170010

Sir Ian Hurry Riches

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 November 1958
NPG x170010

James Hugh William Lowther, 7th Earl of Lonsdale, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170011

James Hugh William Lowther, 7th Earl of Lonsdale

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 11 November 1958
NPG x170011

James Hugh William Lowther, 7th Earl of Lonsdale, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170018

James Hugh William Lowther, 7th Earl of Lonsdale

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 11 November 1958
NPG x170018

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell (née Soames), Lady Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170020

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell (née Soames), Lady Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 27 November 1958
NPG x170020

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell (née Soames), Lady Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170021

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell (née Soames), Lady Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 27 November 1958
NPG x170021

Sir Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170022

Sir Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 17 December 1958
NPG x170022

Sir Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170023

Sir Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 17 December 1958
NPG x170023

Anthony Tosswill Courtney, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170028

Anthony Tosswill Courtney

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 5 January 1959
NPG x170028

Anthony Tosswill Courtney, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170030

Anthony Tosswill Courtney

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 5 January 1959
NPG x170030

(Alexander) Victor Montagu, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170031

(Alexander) Victor Montagu

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1959
NPG x170031

Henry Hynd, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170035

Henry Hynd

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 February 1959
NPG x170035

Henry Hynd, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170036

Henry Hynd

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 February 1959
NPG x170036

Sir Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170038

Sir Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 February 1959
NPG x170038

Sir Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170039

Sir Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 February 1959
NPG x170039

John Charles Jennings, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170040

John Charles Jennings

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 3 February 1959
NPG x170040

John Charles Jennings, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170044

John Charles Jennings

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 3 February 1959
NPG x170044

Godfrey William Lagden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170045

Godfrey William Lagden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 3 February 1959
NPG x170045

Godfrey William Lagden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170046

Godfrey William Lagden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 3 February 1959
NPG x170046

Annie Muriel Gammans (née Paul), Lady Gammans, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170047

Annie Muriel Gammans (née Paul), Lady Gammans

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 February 1959
NPG x170047

Annie Muriel Gammans (née Paul), Lady Gammans, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170049

Annie Muriel Gammans (née Paul), Lady Gammans

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 February 1959
NPG x170049

Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key (later Sir Neill Cooper-Key), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170051

Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key (later Sir Neill Cooper-Key)

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 February 1959
NPG x170051

Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key (later Sir Neill Cooper-Key), by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170052

Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key (later Sir Neill Cooper-Key)

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 4 February 1959
NPG x170052

Thomas Steele, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170053

Thomas Steele

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 5 February 1959
NPG x170053

Thomas Steele, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170054

Thomas Steele

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 5 February 1959
NPG x170054

John Edward Bernard Hill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170058

John Edward Bernard Hill

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 5 February 1959
NPG x170058

William James Owen, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170060

William James Owen

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 10 February 1959
NPG x170060

William James Owen, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170061

William James Owen

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 10 February 1959
NPG x170061

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170062

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 11 February 1959
NPG x170062

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170066

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 11 February 1959
NPG x170066

Sir Owen Patrick James Rooney, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170069

Sir Owen Patrick James Rooney

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 16 February 1959
NPG x170069