Sir Ralph David Richardson (1902-1983)

At home, Regent’s Park, London
27 June 1978

Richardson was among the generation of esteemed actors that included John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier.

‘He doesn’t like to pose for pictures unless it’s in a stage setting when he has a role to play’, Schwartz recollected. ‘I told him that certainly was not uncommon for actors…I had been told that many people become actors because this gives them more confidence and a role to play.’ 

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London