Dame Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991)

At home, Hampstead, London
27 May 1977

Ashcroft was a star of the British stage for more than fifty years, playing leading roles in Shakespeare, Chekhov and in a variety of tragic, comic, classical and contemporary theatre. She served as Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1968. 

She is pictured in front of a painting of her in Venice by the English Impressionist painter, Walter Sickert. ‘Dame Peggy admitted to feeling ill at ease before the camera’, Schwartz recalled. Reassuring her, ‘I promised her a relaxing visit: we’d both ignore the camera and enjoy ourselves.’

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London