Walter Benington: Pictorial portraits

Albert Einstein
by Walter Benington, for Elliott & Fry
18 May 1928
NPG x82213


9 December 2006 - 17 June 2007
Room 31 case display

Biography| In the Collection: Walter Benington

This display celebrates the portrait photographs of the pictorialist photographer Walter Benington (1872-1936) and shows for the first time a selection of newly acquired works focusing on his 'at home' images of leading artistic, literary, political and scientific figures.

Benington's subjects include innovative dance teacher Margaret Morris, the artists Alfred Wolmark and Philip de László, the author of A History of Europe (1935) H.A.L. Fisher, television pioneer John Logie Baird, women writers George Egerton and Storm Jameson as well as Albert Einstein photographed in 1921 whilst visiting London to present his theories of Relativity.

The National Portrait Gallery would like to thank Rob Crow, who has generously shared his comprehensive research on Walter Benington's photographic oeuvre and helped curate this display.

Compton Mackenzie
by Walter Benington
NPG P976

Alfred Wolmark
by Walter Benington
NPG P982

Hilda Runciman (née Stevenson), Viscountess Runciman
by Walter Benington, for Elliott & Fry
late 1920s
NPG x94118