Gemma Jones (b. 1942)

Schwartz's suite, The Berkeley Hotel, London
7 May 1977

A character actress on both stage and screen, Jones had, at this time, recently won the Actress of the Year Award for her role in the BBC drama, The Duchess of Duke Street

‘In my efforts to produce a totally natural, uninhibited portrait, I make it a practice not to instruct my sitter how to pose’, remarked Schwartz, and ‘without any prompting she unconsciously assumed the picture. I held my breath and clicked my shutter, hopeful I had been able to capture on film what my eye had seen. I call this my Mona Lisa.’

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London