Large bundle of photographs originally stored together in an envelope labelled "Sepia boyhood". These consist of prints dating principally from 1920s, although there are also some shots of RD as a young boy, and three showing him with his own children. The photographs include both formal stage-related prints and informal family snapshots. Some of the prints have been marked up as proofs for publication. The prints are as follows: /1 Postcard reproduction print of a very young RD, with caption noting that this represents RD's first stage appearance at the age of 2. /2 Original photograph of RD as a young boy aged 5 or 6 with his uncle Sandy; formal studio portrait photograph against seascape backdrop, taken by W.J. Gregson and Co. of 92 Talbot Road, Blackpool. /3 Postcard print of a school group which includes RD as a young teenager. /4-7 Snapshots of John Donat [RD's brother], taken in Canada. /4-5 are dated Sep 1923 and /6-7 date from 1926. /8 Outdoor snapshot of three men [probably RD's brothers in America] with humorous caption (1923). /9 Snapshot of a man and woman identified as Phil and Elizabeth Green (1924). /10-11 Two copies of the same indoor snapshot of RD's father, Ernst. /12 Snapshot of RD's parents, with explanatory caption; taken in America at "Uncle H's" on their first visit (1928). /13 Group snapshot of three individuals, identified as Harry, Bart and Rose at Bethany, Connecticut, USA; taken at Billie's (7 Jun 1928). /14 Snapshot of a family group including Belle, Bart, Betty, Harry, Rosie, Mag, Pat and Billie; taken on 17 Jun 1928 on the same occasion as /13; with caption. /15 Snapshot of a man and woman outside a house, possibly taken at the same period as /12-13 but with no identifying caption. /16 Group snapshot consisting of RD, two other men and a woman; possibly taken during the same period as /13-15. /17-18 Two copies of a snapshot of two adults and 6 children: RD's mother Rose, with one of her sons (probably Philip), two of her grandsons and some of their friends (Jun 1928). /19 Snapshot of a large house and garden, probably the Donat family home in Withington, Manchester. /20 Outdoor snapshot of RD as a young man, with another man identified as Mr Brodbeck. /21-22 Two snapshots of a casually dressed young RD by the sea. /23-24 Two copies of an outdoor snapshot of a young RD with an unidentified girl. /25 Family snapshot showing RD's parents with three boys. /26 Snapshot of an unidentified young man, seated in the snow. /27 Photograph of two unidentified men, possibly dating from an earlier period than the other photographs here. /28 Postcard print of RD with an unidentified man, apparently in sports gear. /29 Snapshot of RD as a young man seated outside a building with an unidentified man. /30 Postcard print of RD [as Hamlet at Leeds in 1922], with a young actress in costume; a duplicate is at FRD1/10/2/2/16. /31-37 Seven prints of RD in various formats but all taken on the same occasion, when RD worked as a pageant Marshal at the Scottish Historical Pageant organised by Frank Benson in Craigmillar (Jul 1927). /38-40 Three prints showing scenes from a play which includes a young RD amongst the cast. /41-43 Three postcard prints of the same formal head and shoulders portrait photograph of RD, probably in his late teens. Taken by Warwick Brookes. /44-45 Two postcard prints of RD in costume, as Hamlet aged 17. Taken by Warwick Brookes (1922). /46 Formal head and shoulders portrait photograph of RD in his late teens or early 20s. Taken by Harold Baker of Birmingham. /47-48 Two head and shoulders postcard prints of RD (probably in his early 20s). /49-56 Postcard prints of RD as Orlando in As You Like It with Frank Benson's company; some include explanatory captions on the reverse (1926). Duplicates at FRD1/10/2/2/18-19. /57 Larger poor quality reproduction of a photograph of RD as Orlando, as in /49-56. /58 Similar large format poor quality reproduction of a teenage RD in jacket and shorts; identified on the reverse as RD aged 15 "as a boy reciter". /59 Full-length snapshot of RD as a young man in an outdoor location, holding a dog. /60 Mounted head and shoulders portrait photograph of RD aged 18. Taken by Warwick Brookes' Studio, 351 Oxford Road, Manchester . /61-64 Four copies of the same mounted head and shoulders portrait photograph of RD in costume (possibly in Frank Benson's company during the 1920s). /65 Head and shoulders portrait photograph of RD in open necked shirt, aged 24; marked up as a proof copy for publication . /66 Postcard head and shoulders portrait print of a young man, inscribed to RD from Grenville. /67 Photographic print of young man in costume, identified on the reverse as German actor Alexander Moissi as Hamlet. By Kolliner of Vienna. /68 Enlarged reproduction of the print of RD and his uncle Sandy in Blackpool as in /2; marked up as a proof copy. /69-71 Three snapshots of RD on a skiing holiday with two of his children; all marked up as proof copies. /72 Typescript poem which was stored in the same envelope as the photographs, entitled 'To Robert Donat, July 1919', and hailing RD's youthful acting talents.
Bundle of photographs
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- ReferenceGB 133 FRD1/10/2/1
- Former ReferenceGB 133 62.
- Dates of Creation[1907 x c. 1930]
- Physical Description72 pieces.