Olga Florence Solomon
|Died||23 July 2008 (aged 92–93)|
2 Nicholas Davenport[A]
(m. 1946; died 1979)
Her mother was Jean Elizabeth Emily Cox née Hamilton (1885–1946), who was a divorcée when she married Solomon. She was a South African actress. They had a younger son, Paul Lionel Joseph (1918–1987).
Her mother married another husband in 1922, Hugh Edwards, a company secretary in South Africa, thus was the stepfather of Olga and Paul.
Olga Edwards, or maybe Olga Solomon, first exhibited her paintings in Cape Town at aged about 15. A year later, she came to England with her mother and her brother. She wanted to study painting, acting and ballet. First she danced in corps de ballet in a company of Anton Dolin.
Edwardes appeared in several films and plays from the mid-1930s into the mid-1950s.
|1936||The Amateur Gentleman||Maid at inn||Uncredited|
|1936||The Man Who Could Work Miracles||minor role||Uncredited|
|1937||The Dominant Sex||Lucy Webster|
|1937||Over She Goes||Reprimanded maid||Uncredited|
|1945||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra's lady attendant|
|1950||The Angel with the Trumpet||Monica Alt|
|1951||The Six Men||Christina|
|1951||Scrooge||Fred's wife||she played the unnamed wife of Scrooge's nephew Fred|
|1953||Black Orchid||Christine Shaw||she was a principal character|
- This is where Edwardes learned stagecraft. In Oxford rep there is a new play every week, including one that she took a bow in Romeo and Juliet with John Byron.
- in Royal Shakespeare Company, during the first half of 1936, at the new Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon.
Twelfth Night Olivia Much Ado About Nothing Hero The Taming of the Shrew Bianca The Rivals Julia Melville Richard II Queen Isabella The Tempest Miranda The Merchant of Venice Jessica
- During the war, she spent a year with the BBC Repertory Company.
- West End
- As You Like It – Open Air 1934 – the stage débuts of Olga Edwardes and Frank Tickle
- Party 1860 – Open Air 1934
- Androcles and the Lion – Open Air 1934 – George Bernard Shaw watched it on its first night
- Romeo and Juliet – Open Air 1934
- Young Madame Conti – Savoy 1936
- Tsar Lenin – Westminster Theatre, 1936 – 1937
- Peril at End House, "Nick" Buckley, opened at Brighton, then Richmond and then moved to Vaudeville but only 38 performances in May 1940
- Twelfth Night – just two matinees for Twelfth Night holiday, on 30 Dec 1940 and 31 Dec 1940
- Landslide, Marian, Westminster – opened in 5 Oct 1943 until 6 Nov 1943
- before the war
Edwardes was an early player in the fledgling BBC television, which started in November 1936 until it was closed at the beginning of the War, and restarted in 1946.
|Full Moon||(25 Oct 1937)|||
|A revue for television, written by Archie Harradine|
|Music composed by||Herbert Murrill|
|The Sacred Cat||(12 Feb 1938)|||
|A comedy by F. Sladen-Smith.|
|Starring||The Lanchester Marionettes[C]|
|Gallows Glorious||(18 Nov 1938)|||
|Adaptation for television of the play by Ronald Gow.|
The action takes place in America in 1859 and moves between John Brown's house in the Adirondack mountains in the North, and the Maryland–Virginia border in the South.
|John Brown||Neil Porter|
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|Hay Fever||(25 Dec 1938)|||
|A light comedy in three acts by Noël Coward|
The action of the play takes place in the hall of the Blisses' house at Cookham, in June.
|Judith Bliss||Kitty De Legh|
|David Bliss||Maurice Denham|
|Sorel Bliss||Olga Edwardes|
|Simon Bliss||Guy Verney|
|Myra Arundel||Fabia Drake|
|Richard Greatham||Noël Howlett|
|Jackie Coryton||Doreen Oscar|
billed Jenny Laird
|Sandy Tyrrell||John Byron|
|Dance Without Music||(23 Mar 1939)|||
|A play based upon episodes in the life of Jack Sheppard, by Mervyn Mills.|
|Jack Sheppard||Guy Glover|
|Jonathan Wild||Frank Birch|
|'Edgeworth Bess'||Kathleen Edwardes|
|'Blueskin' Blakov||George Merritt|
|Joseph Hind||Ben Field|
|Mrs Wallop||Margaret Yarde|
|Polly Maggot||Olga Edwardes|
|Daniel Defoe||Ian Dawson|
|Lumley Davis||Stuart Latham|
|John Gay||James Hayter|
|Abraham Mendez||Don Gemmell|
|Ballad Singer||Elton Hayes|
|Sir James Thornhill||Arthur Owen|
|Ben Hind||Russell Howarth|
|The Young Idea||(24 Feb 1939)|||
|A comedy in three acts by Noël Coward|
The scene is laid in George Brent's house in England, and Jennifer Brent's villa in Italy
|George Brent||Cecil Winter|
|Jennifer||Kitty De Legh|
|Priscilla Hartleberry||Phoebe Kershaw|
|Claude Eccles||William Hutchison|
|Julia Cragworthy||Lena Maitland|
|Eustace Dabbit||Alban Blakelock|
|Sibyl Blaith||Audrey Cameron|
|Rodney Masters||Thorley Walters|
|Hiram J. Walkin||Morris Harvey|
|Condemned to be Shot||(4 Mar 1939)|||
|A play in the first person by R. E. J. Brooke|
|Writer||R. E. J. Brooke|
|Maria Walska||Zoe Davies|
|Sonya Pavlovna||Olga Edwardes|
|Voice of Gregor Walievski||Neil Porter|
- (She was also listed as an announcer on 30 March 1939, until her last appearance on 20 August 1939.[C]
|Two Gentlemen of Soho||(28 Apr 1939)|||
|Writer||A. P. Herbert|
|Duchess of Canterbury||Barbara Everest|
|The Parnell Commission||(18 Jul 1939)|||
|A reconstruction of the famous forgery investigation of 1888–89|
|Sir Charles Russel||Felix Aylmer|
|Attorney General||Wilfrid Walter|
|Eye Witness||Brefni O'Rorke|
|Mrs O'Shea||Olga Edwardes|
|President of the Court||Graveley Edwards|
|Timothy Harrington||Blake Giffard|
|Doctor Maguire||Nigel Fitzgerald|
|Henniker Heaton||Lionel Dymoke|
|Frank Hugh O'Donnell||Harry Hutchinson|
|Court Registrar||Leo McCabe|
|Captain O'Shea||Charles Oliver|
|Servant at Eltham||Moya Devlin|
|Solicitor's Clerk||Russell Hogarth|
|Spanish Policeman||Rafael Terry|
- restarting in 1946
|Lovers' Meeting or A Handbook to Courting||(12 Nov 1947)|||
|A miscellany compiled and edited by Barbara Nixon.|
|Writer / Producer||Desmond Davis|
|Music arranger / conductor||William Cox-Ife|
|Compiled and edited||Barbara Nixon|
|The Middle Watch||(5 Feb 1948)|||
|A Romance of the Navy by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall|
The scene is laid in the Captain's lobby and day cabin on board H.M.S. Falcon, a cruiser on the China Station
|Marine Ogg||Johnnie Schofield|
|Ah Fong||Milo Sperber|
|Captain Randall R.M.||Christopher Quest|
|Fay Eaton||Olga Edwardes|
|A guest||Carol Peters|
|Flag Lieutenant R.N.||Philip Howard|
|Nancy Hewitt||Honor Shepherd|
|Commander Baddeley R.N.||Richard Hurndall|
|Charlotte Hopkinson||Rita Daniel|
|Admiral Sir Hercules Hewitt||H. G. Stoker|
|Mary Carlton||Miki Hood|
|Lady Hewitt||Ruth Taylor|
|An able seaman||Gerald Campion|
|Captain Maitland R.N.||Lawrence O'Madden|
|Corporal Duckett R.M.||Frank Forsythe|
|I Killed the Count||(14 Mar 1948)|||
|A comedy thriller by Alec Coppel|
|Count Victor Mattoni||Philip Leaver|
|Detective Sergeant Raines||Frederick Bradshaw|
|Detective Inspector Davidson||Frank Foster|
|P.C. Clifton||Diarmuid Kelly|
|Louise Rogers||Olga Edwardes|
|Renee la Lune||Mildred Shay|
|Samuel Diamond||Val Norton|
|Bernard K Froy||Guy Kingsley Poynter|
|Viscount Sorrington||Bruce Belfrage|
|At the Villa Rose||(28 Nov 1948)|||
|The detective story by A. E. W. Mason|
Adapted as a television play by Gilbert Thomas.
|Author||A. E. W. Mason|
|Julius Ricardo||Erik Chitty|
|Celia Harland||Olga Edwardes|
|Harry Wethermill||John Arnatt|
|Madame Dauvray||Selma Vaz Dias|
|Adele Rossignol||Ambrosine Phillpotts|
|M. Hanaud||Antony Holle|
|Sgt. Perrichet||David Ward|
|M. Besnard||George de Warfaz|
|Helene Vauquier||Nicolette Bernard|
|Marthe Gobin||Helen Misener|
|M. Lemerre||Percy Walsh|
|Other parts played by|
|October Horizon||(11 Jul 1950)|||
|A play by Lydia Ragosin|
|Producer||Kenneth M. Buckley|
|Edward Tarrant||Jack Livesey|
|Laura, his wife||Mary Hinton|
|Louis Brahms||Fritz Krenn|
|Sarah French||Olga Edwardes|
|A Scandal in Bohemia||(27 Oct 1951)|||
|Adapted by C. A. Lejeune.|
|Author||Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Adapted by||C. A. Lejeune|
|Sherlock Holmes||Alan Wheatley|
|Dr Watson||Raymond Francis|
|The King of Bohemia||Alan Judd|
|Irene Adler||Olga Edwardes|
|Godfrey Norton||John Stevens|
|Mrs Hudson||Iris Vandeleur|
|Old cabby||Michael Raghan|
|Young cabby||Donald Kemp|
|Others taking part|
|Au Clair de la Lune||(29 Jul 1954)|||
|Au Clair de la Lune|
A play by Antonia Ridge
This is a story of two boys and a song. The first boy is Louis XIV, King of France; he is eleven years old, and must live a wearisome existence in great palaces under strict supervision from such eminent adults as his cousin, the great Mademoiselle, and his leading statesman, my Lord the Cardinal. Louis has learned painfully that little kings are not as other little boys.
But our other boy, although older, is hardly less unhappy; he's Jean-Baptiste Lulli, one day to be a famous musician, but now an Italian orphan who earns a living by playing his violin for a travelling players' show.
And this is also the story of a magnificent banquet which Mademoiselle gives for her young royal relative; for by a series of happy accidents the two boys meet at the banquet, and the occasion is marked by the first performance of one of the loveliest and most famous songs ever written.
|Jean-Baptiste Lulli||John Cairney|
|Hercule Cocarel||Raymond Rollett|
|Françoise, his daughter||Perlita Neilson|
|Mademoiselle de Montpensier||Olga Edwardes|
|The Maestro||Anthony Pini|
|Master Bounaire||Charles Heslop|
|Frimousset, a clown||Ivan Staff|
|A footman||Charles Maunsell|
|A kitchen lad||Anthony Marriott|
|Cardinal Mazarin||Keith Pyott|
|First aristocrat||Sylvia Willoughby|
|Second aristocrat||Philip Howard|
|Family Business||(30 Oct 1955)|||
|The third in a cycle of four plays entitled "The Makepeace Story" by Frank and Vincent Tilsley.|
The action takes place in and around Shawcross, Lancashire, and in France, between the years 1914-1920.
|Colonel Harry Makepeace||Charles Carson|
|Mrs Dolly Makepeace||Rachel Kempson|
|Sir Timothy Baines||D. A. Clarke-Smith|
|Geoffrey Kenyon||Clive Revill|
|Oswald Makepeace||Rodney Diak|
|Margery Baines||Helena Hughes|
|Peter Makepeace||Ian Bannen|
|Mill girl||Rosemary Davis|
|Sergeant at Recruiting Office||Reginald Hearne|
|Bill Holbrooke||Anthony Doonan|
|Tyson||George A. Cooper|
|Sergeant in shell crater||Peter Duguid|
|French girl||Jacqueline D'Orsay|
|People at party|
|Landlord of Pack Horse Inn||Charles Hersee|
|Mill operative||Howell Davies|
|Bailiff's clerk||Lane Meddick|
|Other parts played by|
In fact since her marriage in 1946, she led a new career, as salonnière in the house of Hinton Waldrist manor. Her husband had bought it in 1922,[D] and now together they entertained, they held court, to the most influential radical artists, economists, philosophers, and politicians of the day at grand gatherings. Both she and her husband were long-time leading Fabians – she had known Harold Laski quite a while. Nicholas Davenport worked with Alexander Korda then joined Harold Wilson with the National Film Finance Corporation. Even though a Fabian,[E] he still kept friend with R. J. G. Boothby and close to Winston Churchill.
Thus Olga Davenport carried on the line which had been part of history for more than 350 years.[F] She was, as a young woman, an astounding beauty. She was also an impressive creative force. It is a heady combination. Men chucked caution to the wind. There is a bust of Olga by the sculptor F. E. McWilliam; two portrait drawings of her in her collection by Theyre Lee-Elliott, and another gouache drawing of her dancing also by him, with a verse by the artist on the reverse dedicated to her. His was not the only verse inspired by Olga's muse: another was from A. P. Herbert on the train to and back from Frinton-on-Sea.
Is he so mad who travels to the shore
Then back at once to where he was before?
Does not the ocean under Olga's sway,
Commit the same sweet folly twice a day?
Thus the mad fish pursue the moon in vain,
But will, as happily, pursue again.
Thus climbers, having made the steep ascent,
Salute the stars, and then return – content
She had been trained in painting, and returned to that art form following her acting career. In fact when she entered into the theatre, between performances she studied at the Westminster School of Art with Mark Gertler and through him and his wife,[G] met Matthew Smith and Ivon Hitchens. In 1956, following a career as an actor with mostly minor roles in films, she returned to studying · fine art · painting at the Chelsea Polytechnic · at the Royal College of Art · and at Peter Lanyon's school in St Ives, Cornwall. Davenport was not merely an accomplished artist, or a collector; but her deep friendships with British artists from the 1950s onwards place Davenport as a key and perhaps surprisingly influential figure in the British art scene of the time. In St Ives, Davenport was to meet and befriend some of the greatest British artists of the 20th century and during her life she acquired important paintings for her own collection, including works by Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Terry Frost, and William Scott. She spent hours at Eagle's Nest, and Elm Tree Cottage. She sat on the board of the Bear Lane Gallery and formed relationships with influential people such as Clement Greenberg and Pauline Vogelpoel. She had a studio in the south of France.[H]
She exhibited with the London Group and with the Women's International Art Club. Since then she has shown in a number of group exhibitions including an Arts Council tour, at the Leicester Galleries, at the Whitechapel, the A. I. A., the Drian Gallery, Galerie Creuse, Paris, Athens School of Fine Arts, 'Women in the Arts Today' at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, the Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford, Grabowski Gallery, and at the Demarco Gallery.
Her later work is mainly concerned with the depiction of landscapes and is recognised for the use of gentle, yet dynamic colours which reduce forms to abstracted shapes. She uses broad, fluid brushstrokes of colour to capture the outlines of natural environments. The painted landscapes embody a delicate compromise between the wholly self-involved abstraction of modernist formalism and a fascinations with the experience and representation of the natural world. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Nuffield Foundation, St Anne's College Oxford, Warwick University, the Department of the Environment, and in private collections in England, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium and the United States of America.
- His real name was Ernest Harold Davenport, but professional pseudonym was Nicholas.
- Her marriage certificate was given as 'Edwards'. Both mother and brother styled surname as "Edwardes" when they arrived in UK.
- With thanks to Simon Vaughan, Alexandra Palace Television Society for the following information: "Olga first appeared on 12 February 1938 as The Maiden in The Lanchester Marionettes. She appeared in a number of drama productions before being listed as an announcer from 30 March 1939, with her last appearance as an announcer on 20 August 1939. I have an audio recording of her in-vision announcement for 3 August 1939."
- and he lives there until he dies in 1979
- In 1932 he was one of the founders of the XYZ Club to advise the Labour Party on economic and financial matters. The XYZ Club was a select dining club which brought City figures into contact with Labour's financial experts, such as Hugh Dalton, Evan Durbin, and Douglas Jay. And Nicholas Davenport of course. Hugh Gaitskell for instance, was early but not a founder.
- Even as early as Mary Sidney in the beginning of the 17th century, she turned Wilton House into a salon-type literary group sustained by the Countess's hospitality, and who included Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton, Ben Jonson, and Sir John Davies. John Aubrey wrote that "Wilton House was like a college, there were so many learned and ingenious persons. She was the greatest patroness of wit and learning of any lady in her time." The Wilton Circle was an influential group of 16th-century English poets.
- In fact by 1938 the marriage between Mark Gertler and his wife Marjorie Greatorex Hodgkinson was often difficult, punctuated by the frequent ill health of both. In 1939, Gertler committed suicide.
- Olga Davenport (1915-2008) An Olive Grove, Mougins oil on canvas Painted in 1966.
- 'Cliff, sun and sea' signed 'Olga Davenport. (on the reverse) and signed and indistinctly inscribed 'CLIFF, SUN AND ****/OLGA DAVENPORT/44 MARKHAM SQ./SW3' (on a fragmentary exhibition label attached to the stretcher)—oil on canvas 35¾ x 47½ in. (89.8 x 120.7 cm.)
This is how William Scott describes Olga Davenport's paintings at her first one-woman show at the Piccadilly Gallery in 1969
I went into the Gallery last week and I thought again how beautiful your pictures look, quiet, personal, bold without aggression, lyrical colour, you have arrived at something very much your own, they are right. Pictures are either right or wrong and no one can really say why.— (letter from William Scott to Olga Davenport, hand-written and dated 6th May 1969)
- The work was included in Olga Davenport's second show at The Piccadilly Gallery, 1976. Olga Davenport said of her work then 'In front of a landscape today the modern artist is aware of a conflict between her subjective feelings and the detachment needed to create a work which will be a plastic object in its own right. I have tried to resolve this conflict and present a synthesis by using colour relationships to suggest space and rhythm, and minimal figuration to present a sense of place.
- Signed and inscribed 'Olga Davenport/'Tuscan Landscape' (on the reverse), oil on canvas 26 x 37 in. (66 x 94 cm)
No. 21 Exhibited Oxford, Oxford Gallery, Olga Davenport, February – March 1978. From the Collection of the late Olga Davenport.
- "Nicholas Davenport". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). OUP. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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- "South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23Q-ZTWT : 13 March 2018), Hugh Edwards and Jean Elizabeth Emily Hamilton Solomon, 1 Jul 1922; citing Marriage, Cape Town, Union of South Africa, Western Cape Archives, Cape Town; FHL microfilm
- The Times 2008.
- Joseph Michael Solomon, architect partner of Herbert Baker, commits suicide in Cape Town
- South Africa – a quarterly journal – 1918 October – December
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- Marriage in 1948 Paul L J Edwardes – Diana Rimer, Kensington
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- Radio Times (12 Feb 1938), The Sacred Cat, 58, BBC Television, p. 20
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- Radio Times (18 Nov 1938), Gallows Glorious, 61, BBC Television, p. 20
- Radio Times (25 Dec 1938), Hay Fever, 61, BBC Television, p. 20
- Radio Times (23 Mar 1939), Dance Without Music, 62, BBC Television, p. 18
- Radio Times (24 Feb 1939), The Young Idea, 62, BBC Television, p. 16
- Radio Times (4 Mar 1939), Condemned to be Shot, 63, BBC Television, p. 14
- Radio Times (28 Apr 1939), Two Gentlemen of Soho, 63, BBC Television, p. 17
- Radio Times (18 Jul 1939), The Parnell Commission, 64, BBC Television, p. 16
- Radio Times (12 Nov 1947), Lovers' Meeting or A Handbook to Courting, 97, BBC Television, p. 30
- Radio Times (5 Feb 1948), The Middle Watch, 98, BBC Television, p. 27
- Radio Times (14 Mar 1948), I Killed the Count, 98, BBC Television, p. 26
- Radio Times (28 Nov 1948), At the Villa Rose, 100, BBC Television, p. 26
- Radio Times (11 Jul 1950), October Horizon, 108, BBC Television, p. 38
- Radio Times (27 Oct 1951), A Scandal in Bohemia (Ep 2), Sherlock Holmes, 113, BBC Television, p. 51
- Radio Times (29 Jul 1954), Au Clair de la Lune, Children's Television, 124, BBC Television, p. 36
Radio Times (30 Oct 1955), "Family Business", The Makepeace Story (Ep 3), Sunday-Night Theatre, 129, BBC Television, p. 14 Cite uses deprecated parameter
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