Photographs originally bundled together in an envelope, most of which are publicity shots of RD in theatrical roles. Also includes two press cuttings, and a photographic reproduction of a portrait. The prints are as follows: /1 Photograph of RD aged 21, subsequently used as publicity for the play Mary Rose [in 1930]. By Reprograph Studio, 10 Long Acre, London [c. 1926]. /2 Photograph of RD as Jack Absolute in Sheridan's The Rivals at the Cambridge Festival Theatre (1929). /3 Head and shoulders shot of RD as the Soldier in The Unknown Warrior, noted as "one of Robert Donat's favourite roles" [c. 1929]. /4-7 Four stage stills from a production of J.M. Barrie's Mary Rose [at Liverpool Playhouse], showing RD with Catherine Lacey and another actress [Mar 1930]. /8-10 Three studio shots of RD as Gideon Sarn in Precious Bane; RD's own caption on /9 notes that this role was "[m]y first stage sensation". /9-/10 are by Reprograph Studio, 10 Long Acre, London. /10 is marked up as a proof for publication [Jan 1931]. /11-12 Two stage stills from a production of Allan Monkhouse's Mary Broome at the Embassy Theatre, in which RD played Leonard Timbrell. By J.W. Debenham of 182 Roundwood Road, Willesden, London [Dec] 1931. /13-14 Two stage stills of RD with other actors in scenes from Shaw's The Devil's Disciple in which he played Dick Dudgeon [1939/40]. /15-20 Six later reproductions of stage stills, showing scenes from an unidentified play which includes RD in the cast; probably a production of The Devil's Disciple [1939/40]. /21 Head and shoulders shot of RD as Shakespeare in To Dream Again [June 1942]. /22-23 Two later reproductions of photographs of RD as Shotover in Shaw's Heartbreak House at the Cambridge Theatre; in /23 he is with an actress [Mar 1943]. /24-25 Two slightly different shots of RD as Cameron in A Sleeping Clergyman at the Criterion Theatre. By Swarbrick Studios, 87 George Street, Portman Square, London . /26-27 Two publicity photographs of RD from the same session, wearing cravat and holding pipe. /26 is signed by RD, and /27 includes a comment on the picture in his hand [late 1940s]. /28-30 Three head and shoulders publicity photographs of RD wearing a cord jacket and cravat. /30 is noted as "[t]he family's favourite portrait" [late 1940s]. /31-32 Two press cuttings: /31 from The Tatler (4 Feb 1931), which includes a still from a production of Precious Bane with RD as Gideon Sarn; /32 from The Sphere [Jul-Sep 1933] showing two scenes from A Sleeping Clergyman. /33 Reproduction of a painted portrait of writer Helen Waddell by Grace Henry; inscribed to RD with a note from Waddell (1947).
Bundle of photographs
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- ReferenceGB 133 FRD1/10/2/9
- Former ReferenceGB 133 73.
- Dates of Creation-1947
- Physical Description33 pieces.