Bundle of photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/10/2/9
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 73.
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      33 pieces.

Scope and Content

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 [1947]. /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).