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Paul Tanqueray (14 January 1905 - September 1991) was an English photographer. Cecil Beaton designed book jackets, and costumes for charity matinees, learning the craft of photography at the studio of Paul Tanqueray, until Vogue took him on regularly in 1927.

Tanqueray was born Harry Thomas Hunter Atkinson in Littlehampton, Sussex. Tanqueray first became interested in the theatre and photography when he was at Tonbridge School (1920-1923) and won the school's Photographic prize. Through his contact with an ex-pupil of the Tonbridge School Hugh Cecil, Tanqueray began his photographic career as one of his pupils. Paul Tanqueray opened his first studio at 139, High Street, Kensington in 1925.[1] As London's then youngest photographer, he was in a perfect position to document an era that had become obsessed with youth and modernism. During this time he employed an ex-Cambridge graduate as his assistant, Cecil Beaton, until Beaton was taken on by Vogue.[2] Five years of success in Kensington led to a move the more fashionable West End of London at 8, Dover Street, near the Ritz Hotel. Tanqueray's photographs appeared regularly in the weekly Sketch and Tatler and most frequently inside and on the cover of Theatre World. His work, including Ethel Mannin and his 1929 and 1933 portraits of Anna May Wong, was also selected and hung at the annual London Salon of Photography. During the Second World War Tanqueray worked mainly with Chelsea Home Guard. After the war he re-opened his studio at 30, Thurloe Place in South Kensington, where his 1950's famous images included Elizabeth Seal, Dame Joan Plowright, and actress Claire Bloom. Tanqueray retired in 1965, and in two tranches donated his prints in 1975, and his negatives in 1983 to the National Portrait Gallery. Tanqueray died in September 1991.[3]

Paul Tanqueray (1905-1991) 'Douglas Byng' 1934
paul tanqueray (1905-1991) ‘douglas byng’ 1934


Phyllis Konstam; Bunny Austin by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1931 8 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (215 mm x 190 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1975 Photographs Collection NPG x17232


Sybil Thorndike in 'Granite' by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1926 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (240 mm x 192 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1975 Photographs Collection NPG x26871


Tallulah Bankhead by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1928 8 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (222 mm x 192 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x7246


Nancy Beaton by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1928 9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (243 mm x 192 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x7252


Anna May Wong by Paul Tanqueray whole-plate glass negative, 1929 Photographs Collection NPG x180036


Sylvia (née Hawkes), Lady Ashley by Paul Tanqueray half-plate glass negative, early 1930s Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1983 Photographs Collection NPG x180082


Gertrude Lawrence by Paul Tanqueray modern bromide print from original negative, 1932 12 3/4 in. x 9 in. (323 mm x 230 mm) Photographs Collection NPG x29700


Anthony Asquith by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1932 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (241 mm x 191 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x7245


Agnes George de Mille by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1932 9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (244 mm x 190 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x13383


John Gielgud by Paul Tanqueray bromide print, 1932 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (240 mm x 189 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x15485


Emlyn Williams by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1932 9 1/2 in.x 7 1/2 in. (242 mm x 190 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1975 Photographs Collection NPG x36430


Baba Beaton by Paul Tanqueray bromide print, 1932 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (242 mm x 190 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x7251


Maurice Evans by Paul Tanqueray vintage print, 1935 9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (243 mm x 191 mm) image size Given by Terence Pepper, 2014 Photographs Collection NPG x194263


Cecil Beaton by Paul Tanqueray resin contact print from original negative, 1937 Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1980 Photographs Collection NPG x44847a


Ivor Novello by Paul Tanqueray half-plate glass negative, 1938 Photographs Collection NPG x180336


Vivien Leigh; Laurence Olivier by Paul Tanqueray half-plate glass negative, 1942 Photographs Collection NPG x180373


Norman Hartnell by Paul Tanqueray bromide print, 1948 8 3/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (214 mm x 164 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1975 Photographs Collection NPG x17437


Noël Coward by Paul Tanqueray chlorobromide print, 1952 9 7/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (250 mm x 196 mm) overall Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1974 Photographs Collection NPG x7259


Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontanne; Cecil Beaton; Noël Coward by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1952 8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (204 mm x 252 mm) Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991 Photographs Collection NPG x40493


Cecil Beaton; Kenneth Peacock Tynan by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1953 8 3/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (221 mm x 198 mm) Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991 Photographs Collection NPG x40492


Sir Michael Redgrave by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print on card mount, 1960 9 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (250 mm x 199 mm) Given by Paul Tanqueray, 1975 Photographs Collection NPG x22017


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