Ivor Novello I

Ivor Novello I
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm


Portrait by Chambé Hardman of the famous Welsh actor, composer, playwright and impresario. There are numerous photographs of him in the collection. This profile portrait, showing his right side, and head and bare shoulders and is very elegant. Hardman writes in his notes that when he met him he "had ambitions to make a name for himself as a straight actor in serious drama and used Liverpool as a trying-out ground for at least two of his plays, one of which was 'Liliom' (Ferenc Molnar, 1909, tr. 1921). Fay Compton was his leading lady. I photographed him on several occasions and learned that he did not like his left profile. He always had to be taken from his right profile and on stage and in films he arranged things so that he presented, as far as possible this side to the audience. When he became playwright, actor, composer and producer rolled into one there was no one left to oppose his wishes". Taken 1929.

Image Details

Property Name
E.Chambré Hardman Collection
NTPL Ref. No.
North West

©NTPL/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

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