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Portrait by Emmanuel Levy
Portrait by Emmanuel Levy

Portrait by Emmanuel Levy 1951


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Portrait by Emmanuel Levy 1951

6 mins United Kingdom

Not everyone is lucky enough to have their portrait painted, but in this charming colour film, filmmaker George Wain records his daughter Judith sitting for the Manchester born painter Emmanuel Levy. This is a fascinating look at the work of an accomplished artist, and his young sitter is justifiably happy with the completed artwork, which perfectly captures her stillness and poise.

Emmanuel Levy (1900 - 1986) studied at the Manchester School of Art, and exhibited in the city between 1925 and 1963. Lecturing in art in the 1950s and 1960s, he was also for a while an art critic at the main regional newspaper, the Manchester Evening News.

Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.


Documentary Amateur film


Portraits Painting (fine art) Painters (fine art)


The Arts on Film




United Kingdom



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