N05336 ROSALIND IDEN AS OPHELIA 1940
Inscr. ‘Dunlop’ b.r.
Canvas, 39 3/4×30 (101×76).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1940.
Exh: R.A., 1940 (222).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1940, p.42.
Rosalind Iden was born in Manchester in 1911, the daughter of Ben Iden Payne. She studied at the Margaret Morris School of Dancing, appeared in ballet for a number of years, and made her début as a Shakespearian actress as Ophelia in Donald Wolfit's production of Hamlet during his first London season at the Kingsway Theatre in February 1940, when this portrait was painted.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I