12 of 14 portraits of David Niven
by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1954
14 in. x 11 7/8 in. (355 mm x 304 mm)
Artistback to top
- Cornel Lucas (1920-2012), Photographer. Artist of 68 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait was used by the Post Office in 1985 as one of four by leading photographers to appear on stamps to mark British Film Year.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Cornel Lucas: Shooting Stars (27 July 2005 - 22 January 2006)
Events of 1954back to top
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