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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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Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(13)

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print on tissue and card mount, mid 1920s
NPG P870(13)

Jessie Matthews, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P210

Jessie Matthews

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, circa 1928
NPG P210

Indira, Maharani of Cooch Behar, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(2)

Indira, Maharani of Cooch Behar

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1928
NPG P870(2)

Noël Coward, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(3)

Noël Coward

by Dorothy Wilding
vintage tissue-mounted bromide print, 1930
NPG P870(3)

Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(8)

Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1933
NPG P870(8)

Prince George, Duke of Kent, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(9)

Prince George, Duke of Kent

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1934
NPG P870(9)

Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(10)

Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1934
NPG P870(10)

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(15)

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1935
NPG P870(15)

Diana Wynyard, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(16)

Diana Wynyard

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1937
NPG P870(16)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(4)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 12 January 1937
NPG P870(4)

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(7)

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1939
NPG P870(7)

Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(11)

Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1940
NPG P870(11)

Princess Margaret, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(12)

Princess Margaret

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, November 1947
NPG P870(12)

Claire Bloom, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(1)

Claire Bloom

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on white card mount, 1952
NPG P870(1)

Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(6)

Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print on tissue mount, 26 February 1952
NPG P870(6)

Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(5)

Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1952
NPG P870(5)

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

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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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