The photo above shows Fredda Brilliant in July 1947, in her dressing room at the Globe Theatre in London, where she was the leading lady to Michael Redgrave in Robert Ardrey's Thunder Rock, which was produced by her husband Herbert Marshall.
Fredda Brilliant's interpretation of Herbert Marshall. In Fredda Brilliant: Biographies in Bronze, Brilliant describes meeting her future husband on 5 February, 1935, and immediately inviting him to sit for her. She lived in a tiny room in the suburbs of Moscow, where she explains that she had only about three feet in which to move, and was frequently covered in bruises through hitting a pipe that stuck out from the central heating radiator. Marshall was a terrible subject as he was very restless, and Brilliant at times had to hold him down physically. She says: 'It was only his respect for my work that kept him coming to sit for me.' Of course it was.
The portrait was exhibited at the State Museum of Decorative Art, by the Lenin Library, and Brilliant says that it received recognition as one of the best three exhibits.