Paul Tanqueray
Paul Tanqueray was an English
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Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film...


Tanqueray was born in Littlehampton
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, Sussex
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. Tanqueray first became interested in the theatre
Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance...

 and photography
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 when he was at Tonbridge School
Tonbridge School
Tonbridge School is a British boys' independent school for both boarding and day pupils in Tonbridge, Kent, founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judd . It is a member of the Eton Group, and has close links with the Worshipful Company of Skinners, one of the oldest London livery companies...

 (1920-1923) and won the school's Photographic prize. Through his contact with an ex-pupil of the Tonbridge School Hugh Cecil
Hugh Cecil
Hugh Cecil Saunders was a celebrated English photographer of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s, who practised under the professional name of Hugh Cecil....

, Tanqueray began his photographic career as one of his pupils.

Paul Tanqueray opened his first studio at 139, High Street, Kensington
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 in 1925. 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
University of Cambridge
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 graduate as his assistant, Cecil Beaton
Cecil Beaton
Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre...

, until Beaton was taken on by Vogue
Vogue (magazine)
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Five years of success in Kensington led to a move the more fashionable West End of London
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 at 8, Dover Street, near the Ritz Hotel
Ritz Hotel
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. Tanqueray's photographs appeared regularly in the weekly Sketch
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 and Tatler
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 and most frequently inside and on the cover of Theatre World. His work, including Ethel Mannin
Ethel Mannin
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 and his 1929 and 1933 portraits of Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong
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, was also selected and hung at the annual London Salon of Photography.

During the Second World War Tanqueray worked mainly with Chelsea
Chelsea, London
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 Home Guard. After the war he re-opened his studio at 30, Thurloe Place in South Kensington
South Kensington
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, where his 1950's famous images included Elizabeth Seal
Elizabeth Seal
Elizabeth Seal is a British actress. In 1961, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in the title role of Irma La Douce.-Career:...

, Dame Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier, DBE , better known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress, whose career has spanned over sixty years. Throughout her career she has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy, and two BAFTA Awards...

, and actress Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom is an English film and stage actress.-Early life:Bloom was born in the North London suburb of Finchley, the daughter of Elizabeth and Edward Max Blume, who worked in sales...


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.

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