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Elinor Glyn (1864-1943), Novelist

Sitter in 5 portraits
The Romantic novelist, best known for her risqué book Three Weeks (1907). Seen here posing with her two marmalade coloured cats, which she named 'Candide' and 'Zadig' as a tribute to Voltaire. Glyn was 67 when this photograph was taken and swore by her beauty tips of keeping her face looking young by regularly scrubbing her face with a dry nail brush until it appeared crimson. Glyn invented 'It' defining sex appeal and wrote the screenplay for the film starring Clara Bow who was known as the first 'It girl'.

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Elinor Glyn

by Arnold Mason
oil on canvas, 1942
On display in the Curzon Bedroom at Montacute House
NPG 4283


Elinor Glyn

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1931
NPG x16448


Elinor Glyn

by Dr Székely
postcard print
NPG x4074


Elinor Glyn

after Claude Harris
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42398