2 of 117 portraits of Sir Noël Coward
© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Dorothy Wilding
vintage tissue-mounted bromide print, 1930
16 1/2 in. x 12 3/4 in. (419 mm x 324 mm)
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Sitterback to top
- Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973), Actor, playwright and composer. Sitter associated with 117 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2177 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, In Pursuit of Perfection: The Photographs of Dorothy Wilding, 1991 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July 1991 - 29 September 1991), p. 61 Read entry
Picturing Coward in profile again, this time holding a long-stemmed cigarette holder, the archetypal symbol of contemporary sophistication, Wilding created the quintessential image of Coward as the consummate stylist.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 148
Events of 1930back to top
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