Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000)

At home, Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire
1 May 1977

Gielgud was one of the most distinguished British actors of the last century and among the finest Shakespearian actors of all time.

The main room of the house, with its lofty ceiling and interesting features, was so overwhelming’, Schwartz recalled, ‘that I did most of my photos of Sir John seated there.’ Reflecting further on the day of the sitting, which was also Schwartz’s wedding anniversary, he remarked, ‘I was so excited at the prospect of meeting Sir John, I quite forgot anything else. When I returned bearing flowers tendered by Martin Hensler, Gielgud’s partner, Ronny thought that I had remembered!

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London