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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA627479: English School 20th Century portrait Of John Edward "Jack" Hawkins Cbe, 1910-1973
english school 20th centuryportrait of john edward jack hawkins cbe 19101973 - CATEGORY: ANTIQUE ART - DATED 1940
 

English School 20th Century portrait Of John Edward "Jack" Hawkins Cbe, 1910-1973

£800    $1,028    €923
Ruskin Spear, 1911 - 1990
 
Portrait of John Edward "Jack" Hawkins CBE, 1910-1973
 
oil on canvas
 
76.20 x 63.50 cm. (30 x 25 in.)
 
Hawkins, John Edward [Jack] (1910–1973), actor, was born at Lyndhurst Road, Wood Green, Middlesex, on 14 September 1910, the son of master builder Thomas George Hawkins and his wife, Phoebe, née Goodman. The youngest of four children in a close-knit (though not at all theatrical) family, Jack joined his school choir (at Trinity county school, Middlesex) at the age of eight; two years later he sang in the local operatic society's Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan.
 
Enrolment with the Italia Conti School led to Hawkins's stage début in Clifford Mills and John Ramsey's Where the Rainbow Ends at the Holborn Empire on 26 December 1923. Soon after, his professional acting career began with Lewis Casson casting him as Dunois's page in the original production of Shaw's Saint Joan (1924). In the course of three years with the Casson-Thorndike company he played in Macbeth, Henry VIII,Medea, and Shelley's The Cenci. In the last play, critic James Agate singled him out as the most promising boy player he had ever seen. As a (by now) juvenile actor, Hawkins distinguished himself under Basil Dean's direction in John Van Druten's Young Woodley (1928). Under the same director he played opposite Laurence Olivier in Beau Geste (January 1929). He first appeared on the New York stage as Second Lieutenant Hibbert in R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End (22 March 1929).
 
During the 1930s Hawkins extended his range over a wide spectrum of classical roles such as Milton's Comus, and Shakespeare's Caliban, Orsino, Horatio, Leontes, Benedick, and Orlando; but he also performed in more lightweight plays such as those of Dodie Smith or the stage adaptation of Edgar Wallace's The Frog (1936). As early as 1933 the drama critic of the Evening News called him ‘the most indubitable of matinée idols’ (Hawkins, 71) and predicted that he might outstrip talented contemp...
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1940
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