Bundle of photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/10/2/26
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 72.
  • Dates of Creation
      [Late 1920s]; 1934-1951 and n.d.
  • Physical Description
      35 pieces.

Scope and Content

Photographs originally stored in an envelope labelled "1934 to 1937, the Donat Family at home, Robert, Ella, Joanna, John and Brian - born 3 Aug 1936". Largely publicity photographs of RD with his family at home, up to 1936 at Meadway in Hampstead, and subsequently at Brambleberry near Wendover in Buckinghamshire where the family moved in 1937. Also includes: various shots of RD 'at home' used to publicise films; studio photographs of the family; prints of Ella and the children in America during the war years; copies of earlier photographs; and two duplicated press cuttings. Contents are as follows: /1-9 Publicity photographs showing various groupings of RD, his wife Ella, and children Joanna and John at home. /2, 4, 7 and 9 were supplied by the National Film Archive. /10 Ella seated at the piano with Joanna and John, taken at Meadway (1935). /11 Publicity photograph of RD at home, lying on his bed and reading a script of The Thirty-Nine Steps [c. 1935]. /12-13 RD carrying Joanna and John (1936); copyright photographs of Weekly Illustrated. /14-15 Two prints of RD at home dating from the same period; copyright photographs of the Weekly Illustrated. /16-18 Three studio portrait photographs taken at the same session of Ella seated with John (/16-17), and with John and Joanna (/18). /18 is the photograph of Fleet Features Ltd. /19 Studio portrait photograph of Ella with baby Brian Donat. Copyright photograph of Marcus Adams, 43 Dover Street, Piccadilly, London W1. /20-21 Two studio portrait photographs of Ella with Joanna as a toddler and baby Brian Donat. By Reprograph Studios, 10 Long Acre, London. /22-24 Publicity photographs of RD at home reading (/22-23), and at home seated around the table at Brambleberry with Ella and the three children. Photographs by E.H. Eugene Pizey (1937). /25-26 Two publicity photographs of RD at home, both taken as publicity for The Citadel; with original MGM captions [1938]. /27 Photograph of RD and Ella arriving in New York on board ship [during RD's visit to America to film The Count of Monte Cristo] (1934). /28 Head and shoulders publicity photograph of Ella, probably dating from the time she spent with Cambridge Festival Theatre in the late 1920s. /29 Photograph of Ella with the three children, taken at La Jolla and inscribed "For Daddy" (Aug 1944). /30 Photograph of Ella and the three children stepping out of a railway carriage on their return from America in 1945. /31 Photograph of RD making up John Donat as Oedipus in 1951; with typescript caption. /32 Later enlarged copy of a snapshot showing RD as a young man with his parents. /33 Photograph of RD on a Swiss skiing holiday. /34-35 Two duplicates of press cuttings: /34 is a published photograph of RD in the nursery with John and Joanna Donat; and /35 is a copy of a cutting from the New York Herald Tribune dated 25 June 1939, with a photograph of RD's parents at their home in Connecticut alongside an article by his brother.