3 of 117 portraits of Sir Noël Coward
by Horst P. Horst
platinum palladium print, 1933
17 7/8 in. x 13 7/8 in. (454 mm x 354 mm)
Given by the photographer, Horst P. Horst, 1989
Sitterback to top
- Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973), Actor, playwright and composer. Sitter associated with 117 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), Photographer. Artist of 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Increasingly drawn to the more liberal United States, Coward's svelte ménage à trois drama, Design For Living opened on Broadway in 1933; in the art-house film, The Scoundrel (1935), he assumed the stance of a highly-groomed matinée idol. In Britain, his revue Words and Music (1932) introduced the song for which Coward will always be remembered, 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 219
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 148
Events of 1933back to top
Current affairsSir Norman Angell is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Angell was recognised for his book, Europe's Optical Illusion (or The Great Illusion) first published in 1910 and updated in 1933, which argued that war between modern powers was futile as neither the looser or victor would gain economically from it.
Art and scienceBritish Art embraces abstraction with the establishment of 'Unit 1', the first group of British Artists dedicated to producing abstract art. The critic Herbert Read formed the group by bringing together the artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and the architect, Wells Coates.
The Duveen Wing extension at the National Portrait Gallery is opened by King George V.