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Photograph - Photograph by Houston Rogers, portrait of Ninette de Valois, 1956
  • Photograph by Houston Rogers, portrait of Ninette de Valois, 1956
    Rogers, Houston, born 1902 - died 1970
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Photograph by Houston Rogers, portrait of Ninette de Valois, 1956

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (Houston Rogers Studio, 20 Sloane Street, London, SW1., photographed)

  • Date:

    1956 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rogers, Houston, born 1902 - died 1970 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Museum number:

    RPS.3133-2018

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 487

Houston Rogers (1902-1970) was one of London's leading theatre photographers from the 1930s until his death in 1970. His first notable work was photographing Fred Astaire and Claire Luce as the leads in the musical The Gay Divorcee. Rogers was playing the saxophone for the production at the time.

By the end of the 1930s he had covered many important West End productions, including John Gielgud's Queen's Theatre seasons in 1937 and 1938. Rogers also regularly photographed the new revues, including the Nude Tableau, at the Windmill Theatre.

During the Second World War, a large proportion of his photographs were destroyed. Rogers found new work photographing both ballet and opera at the Royal Opera House in the 1950s and 1960s, producing photographs of productions as well as portrait studies of singers and dancers.

Over his career he captured performers such as Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Alicia Markova, Julie Christie, John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Bette Davis, Douglas Fairbanks, Vivien Leigh, Edith Evans, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Joan Sutherland.

Physical description

Gelatin-silver print photograph portrait of dancer, choreographer and director Ninette de Valois.

Place of Origin

London (Houston Rogers Studio, 20 Sloane Street, London, SW1., photographed)

Date

1956 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Rogers, Houston, born 1902 - died 1970 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'10627'/
'979-G'/
'Dame Ninette de Valois'/
'1956'/
'Copyright/Houston Rogers/20, Sloane Street/London/S.W.1./Tel: Belgravia 2820'
pencil and ink

Dimensions

Height: 25.1 cm, Width: 18.5 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Houston Rogers, portrait of Ninette de Valois, 1956

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Photography; Gelatin silver process

Categories

Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society; Theatre

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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