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Dorothy Wilding

(1893-1976), Photographer

Sitter in 30 portraits
Artist associated with 2147 portraits
Dorothy Wilding began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson. Wilding was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer for the 1937 Coronation and opened a second studio in New York in the same year. She is best known for her brightly lit linear compositions photographed in high key lighting against a white background. Her autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958. Her surviving archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by her sister Mrs Susan Morton 1976 and formed the basis of a major NPG retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 1991, The Pursuit of Perfection.

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Edward, Duke of Windsor, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(14)

Edward, Duke of Windsor

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print, 7 February 1955
NPG P870(14)

Beatrice Bohun Harrison, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x17041

Beatrice Bohun Harrison

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG x17041

Isabel Jeans, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x30458

Isabel Jeans

by Dorothy Wilding
print, 1920s
NPG x30458

Nelson Waite Keys, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x76521

Nelson Waite Keys

by Dorothy Wilding
vintage print, circa 1920s
NPG x76521

'Le Matin' (Unknown woman), by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x45768

'Le Matin' (Unknown woman)

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x45768

The studio of Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x44640

The studio of Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x44640

Binnie Hale (Beatrice Hale-Monro), by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x133222

Binnie Hale (Beatrice Hale-Monro)

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x133222

'The Butterfly', by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x13684

'The Butterfly'

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1920s?
NPG x13684

Margaret Bannerman, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG Ax160356

Margaret Bannerman

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG Ax160356

The studio of Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27408

The studio of Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
glossy bromide print, 1920s
NPG x27408

Beatrice Bohun Harrison, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36710

Beatrice Bohun Harrison

by Dorothy Wilding
whole-plate glass negative, 1923
NPG x36710

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue', by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36714

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36714

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue', by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36715

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36715

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue', by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36718

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36718

Cecil Beaton, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36724

Cecil Beaton

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36724

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James J Going

18 August 2015, 22:21

Dear National Portrait Gallery I am attempting to research the life of artists' and photographers' model Rhoda Madge Beasley (1911-1935). There is a well known photograph of her by EO Hoppe taken in 1935. She was also photographed by Dorothy Wilding (2 pictures in the NPG Archives) and painted by several artists and sat for the sculptor Frank Dobson. Sadly, she died very young (she was only 24) in London in December 1935 and it has been difficult to find out any more about her. Given that she was photographed by Dorothy Wilding whose archive is at the NPG it did occur to me there might be materials relating to her or indeed other photographs of her in the Wilding archive. I should be most interested to discover if you think this might be a possibility, and if so how one might take it further. With best wishes, yours sincerely, James J. Going. MD PhD, Consultant Pathologist Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow.

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