11 Sep - 24 Dec 2013
A unique collection of glamorous 1920s and 1930s portraits on display for the first time.
The 1920s and '30s were the Golden Age of Hollywood and a vibrant time for London's West End. Chronicling the era was R. S. Sherriffs, who drew dramatic stage and film caricatures for magazines such as Radio Times, London Calling and, especially, The Sketch. The Age of Glamour ranges from large star portraits of Greta Garbo and Charles Laughton to ensemble drawings featuring Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft in Romeo and Juliet and musical numbers from No! No! Nanette. Vivien Leigh appears in the play which provided her first big break. Sherriffs' elegant flowing line, tending at times towards sculptural abstraction, and highly stylised use of texture and pattern conjure up the glamour of the era.
Featuring Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton, Merle Oberon, Shirley Temple, Cary Grant, Charles Laughton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Vivien Leigh, Ivor Novello, Stanley Holloway, Jessie Matthews and Gracie Fields.