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Rita Martin (1875-1958), Photographer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 300 portraits
Margareta 'Rita' Martin started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in a similar studio to Charles, photographing subjects in pale colours against a pure white background, and focused on actresses such as Lily Elsie and Lily Brayton and child studies, particularly of Gladys Cooper's two children. Several of her most reproduced child studies were of the Luke Children, whose father, a carpenter for Waring and Gillows, was responsible for building her second studio. Martin's and Charles' few surviving negatives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by their niece Lallie Charles Martin in 1994.

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Gladys Carrington (née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131492

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Gladys Carrington (née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131493

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Gladys Carrington (née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131494

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Vera Coburn

by Rita Martin
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131495

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Lily Brayton

by Rita Martin
bromide print, 1900s
NPG x35637

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Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131558

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Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131560

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Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131559

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Rita Martin

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte postcard print, 1900s
NPG x125450

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Rita Martin

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte postcard print, 1900s
NPG x125451

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Phyllis Le Grand

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x131548

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Phyllis Le Grand

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x131549

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Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
postcard print, 1904
NPG x131451

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Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1908
NPG x131484

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Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1908
NPG x131490

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Hester Sassoon (née Gatty); Katharine (née Morrison), Lady Gatty

by Rita Martin
cream-toned matte print on photographer's folder, 1906
NPG x68911

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Hester Sassoon (née Gatty); Katharine (née Morrison), Lady Gatty

by Rita Martin
cream-toned matte print on photographer's folder, 1906
NPG x68912

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Hester Sassoon (née Gatty); Katharine (née Morrison), Lady Gatty

by Rita Martin
cream-toned matte print on photographer's mount, 1906
NPG x68913