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Marilyn as you've never seen her before: Rare candid images of the actress reading a newspaper, napping and enjoying a glass of wine go on display at London gallery

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/15/2019 Keiligh Baker for MailOnline

Stunning rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine have gone on display at a London gallery. 

a little girl sitting in a chair: Stunning rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe relaxing at her hotel room in New York, reading a newspaper and enjoying a glass of wine have gone on display at a London gallery © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Stunning rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe relaxing at her hotel room in New York, reading a newspaper and enjoying a glass of wine have gone on display at a London gallery The selection of candid photographs of Marilyn, some which have never been seen before, were taken by young assignment photographer Ed Feingersh in 1955.

an old photo of Marilyn Monroe: Marilyn takes a nap in  a white fur coat -some of the images have never been seen before © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn takes a nap in a white fur coat -some of the images have never been seen before Feingersh was commissioned to document a week in the life of the actress at a pivotal moment in her career - when she was attempting to move away from the airhead actress image. 

a person standing in front of a window: In this one Marilyn enjoys a glass of wine at her home in New York, March 1955 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In this one Marilyn enjoys a glass of wine at her home in New York, March 1955 They were taken as she went about her daily routine during a week in March 1955 in New York City.   

Marilyn Monroe standing in a room: Marilyn wears an embroidered robe that reads 'The Ambassador' on March 24, 1955 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn wears an embroidered robe that reads 'The Ambassador' on March 24, 1955 Marilyn was preparing for two public appearances that week - the opening night of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Morosco Theatre and a charity event that she was part of in Madison Square Gardens, at which she appeared on a pink elephant.

Marilyn takes the subway - no one seems to have noticed the Hollywood starlet in the car © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn takes the subway - no one seems to have noticed the Hollywood starlet in the car

Marilyn's short but stellar life - she died in 1962 at the age of 36 - saw her make 29 films, pose for countless photographers and even sing on stage for the U.S. President.

But in these surprisingly intimate black and white shots, a far cry from her usual glamorous shots, Marilyn appears to be totally relaxed and at ease. 

a man sitting on a sidewalk: Marilyn looks over the parapet of the Ambassador Hotel in New York while enjoying a cigarette  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn looks over the parapet of the Ambassador Hotel in New York while enjoying a cigarette 

In one, she enjoys a glass of wine, in another she reads the newspaper, and in another she mischievously peeps at the camera as she attempts to blend in at New York's subway.

a close up of a mans face: Actress Marilyn rides in the back of a car with Dick Shepherd on March 30, 1955 in New York © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Actress Marilyn rides in the back of a car with Dick Shepherd on March 30, 1955 in New York The photos go on display today at Gallerie Prints in Wimbledon in a unique collaboration with the prestigious Getty Images Archive & Gallery London. 

a person standing in front of a building: Marilyn takes the subway in Grand Central Station on March 24, 1955 in New York City © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn takes the subway in Grand Central Station on March 24, 1955 in New York City A Week With Marilyn opens at Wimbledon's Galerie Prints, in collaboration with the Getty Images Archive and Gallery London.

A preview is being held today, on February 15, and runs until March 30 2019. 

Marilyn Monroe et al. posing for the camera: Marilyn's short but stellar life - she died in 1962 at the age of 36 - saw her make 29 films, pose for countless photographers and even sing on stage for the U.S. President © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marilyn's short but stellar life - she died in 1962 at the age of 36 - saw her make 29 films, pose for countless photographers and even sing on stage for the U.S. President
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