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Edwardian miniature portrait of Dame Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), wearing white turban over auburn hair


Artist: Alfred Praga

On ivorine, Signed and dated 1922, the reverse with address 3 Roland Gardens, S. Kensington, S.W

Praga was an English portrait, genre, miniature and pastel painter, who was born in Liverpool. He studied art at South Kensington, at the Royal Academy Schools, in Paris and Antwerp. He exhibited at the RA and other leading London Galleries. He was elected a Full Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1911. He was one of the initial council members of the Society of Miniaturists in 1895 and became their President in 1899 and remained so until his death in London on the 25th February 1949.

Gladys Cooper was an English actress whose career spanned seven decades on stage, in films and on television.

Beginning on the stage as a teenager in Edwardian musical comedy and pantomime, she was starring in dramatic roles and silent films before the beginning of the First World War. She also became a manager of the Playhouse Theatre from 1917 to 1933, where she played many roles. Beginning in the early 1920s, Cooper was winning praise in plays by W. Somerset Maugham and others.

In the 1930s, she was starring steadily both in the West End and on Broadway. Moving to Hollywood in 1940, Cooper found success in a variety of character roles; she was nominated for three Academy Awards, the last one as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964). Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she mixed her stage and film careers, continuing to star on stage until her last year.
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Year                 1922.
Medium                 watercolour on ivorine,
Signed                 Signed and dated.
Condition                 Glass scratched
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