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Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough), by Rita Martin, 1907 - NPG P151 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough)

by Rita Martin
bromide print, 1907
10 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in. (265 mm x 197 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P151

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  • Rita Martin (1875-1958), Photographer. Artist associated with 300 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This print belonged to Cecil Beaton who kept it on his desk and described the sitter as 'the drenchingly lovely Miss Lily Elsie'.

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Randy Bryan Bigham

24 August 2015, 16:39

Another published reference for this photo is: The Sketch (Supplement), 27 November 1912, "Charming in Chinchilla: The Lily Elsie That Was," . 3.

Randy Bryan Bigham, author Lucile: Her Life by Design

21 August 2015, 03:08

This photo was not taken in 1907. It was taken in Fall 1912, as evidenced by original drawings of the dress design in the Lucile Archive, National Art Library, V&A Museum, one of which was published in Lucile Ltd by Amy de la Haye and Valerie Mendes (V&A: 2009), p. 186. The original of the signed copy of the photo reproduced in the above cited volume, inscribed "for Xmas and 1913," was originally published in Discretions and Indiscretions by Lucy (Lady) Duff Gordon (Jarrolds: 1932), facing p. 110. Another pose of Lily Elsie in the same Lucile dress was featured in Femina magazine (15 March 1913), p. 150, further solidifying the design's (and the image's) Fall-Winter 1912-13 creation

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