Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger (Jan.15, 1879-Jan. 14 1961) was an English actor and artist. While today best remembered for his role as the villainous Dr. Pretorius in James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Thesiger originally trained to be an artist at the Slade and received instruction from William Henry Tonks. He made the acquaintance of John Singer Sargent, who made a pastel portrait of Thesiger in 1911. William Ranken (d. 1943), another Slade graduate and professional artist in Sargent's circle, was a lifelong friend as well as the brother of Thesiger's wife, Janette Ranken. In Secrets of a Woman's Heart, (1984) her biography of Thesiger's friend, the novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett, Hila
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