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Hubert Leslie cut paper silhouettes (volume 6), 1925-1926


381 Portraits in set

Hubert John Leslie ran a Silhouette Studio on the West Pier, Brighton and elsewhere, from 1922 until 1940; he cut well over 20,000 portraits during that time. The National Portrait Gallery has 10 of his record books, covering the years from 1922 to 1950; these contain Leslie’s duplicate of each silhouette, and the sitter’s autograph. The slogan of his Silhouette Studio was ‘It only takes 5 minutes’; the modesty of his fees meant that his sitters come from a broad spectrum of British society. Also in the album are silhouettes of visitors from around the world, from New Zealand and North America, from China and Japan. There are sets of silhouettes of entire casts of actors performing at the West Pier Theatre, next to the Silhouette Studio.

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Nanny Gardner; Jessie Tack; Lionel Faithful, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D46666

Nanny Gardner; Jessie Tack; Lionel Faithful

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1925-1926
NPG D46666

Lydia Kyast and an unknown Sitter, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D46669

Lydia Kyast and an unknown Sitter

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1925-1926
NPG D46669

Doreen Graham, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D46674

Doreen Graham

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1925-1926
NPG D46674