Did anyone know Basil Rathbone had six images at the National Portrait Gallery in England? Nope, neither did I. In fact I stumbled on them totally by chance while doing some esoteric search for the stage production of Peter Ibbetson that BR starred in back in 1920.
But he does indeed have six pics at the NPG. Two are repeats, one is a slightly bizarre portrait of him and Constance Collier (from the aforementioned Peter Ibbetson), where all you can see is the back of the Baz’s glorious head, and another is a quite clever cartoon of our eponymous hero and Ann Harding from Love From a Stranger. You can see them all here:
But if you can’t be bothered to click, I’ve added them here:
The Baz aged 27. I assume all three of these portraits were probably done at the time he was starring in Peter Ibbetson. Is it my imagination or is that watch strap a bit worn? I guess he didn’t have that much money back then. He’d only been out of the army about a year and was the proverbial struggling actor
See what I mean – the back of the Baz’s head is all we get here. Bit bizarre. Was Contance Collier the Bette Davis of Theatreland, preferring her leading men to be kept in a strictly subordinate position?
The title of this in the NPG catalogue is “Ann Harding as Carol Howard and Basil Rathbone as Gerald Lovell in LOVE FROM A STRANGER by Robert Stewart Sherriffs”. It’s quite a cool caricature of the Baz. Like the lock of hair drooping over his forehead. Love from a Stranger is one of my favorite Basil movies. I might do a post about it soon.