Wednesday, 24 June 2015

MiniHistoryBlogs: Gainsborough Pictures: The Gainsborough Lady

The Gainsborough Lady.


As a child I used to watch a film, always historical, on a Sunday afternoon with my mother, on occasions the beautiful Gainsborough Lady would make an appearance.
You can see her in the image and video below, isn't she elegant and beautiful?
The Gainsborough Lady, played by British actress Glennis Lorimer, was a lady dressed in a Georgian era period costume sitting in an ornate frame, turning and smiling. She is based on the famous portrait of Sarah Siddons by Thomas Gainsborough.
The music to this short film was written by Louis Levy and called Gainsborough Minuet.
This piece was the opening logo of Gainsborough Pictures, a British film company whose studio was based on the south bank of the Regent's Canal, in Shoreditch, London. Gainsborough Studios were active between 1924 and 1951. During the middle of the 1940's the studio produced a series of 'morally ambivalent costume melodramas' such as Fanny by Gaslight, Madonna and the Seven Moons and my favourtie The Wicked Lady staring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason.

https://youtu.be/62meHC0Retc

They don't make them like that anymore do they?

2 comments:

  1. Oh the Wicked Lady! What a great film that was. I remember Sunday afternoons watching old films with either my mum or my dad - depending on the film! The Gainsborough lady is so evocative of those times. She brought back a rush of memories. Thank you.

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    1. Margaret Lockwood and James Mason were brilliant weren't they. I think she was in The Lady Vanishes, that was a Gainsborough picture too.

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