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Dorelia McNeill

1 of 15 portraits of Dorelia McNeill

Dorelia McNeill, by Charles F. Slade, September 1909 - NPG x21188 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorelia McNeill

by Charles F. Slade
snapshot enlargement, September 1909
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (155 mm x 111 mm)
Given by Ewan Phillips, 1982
Photographs Collection
NPG x21188


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The beautiful and enigmatic Dorothy McNeill was working as a secretary and attending evening art classes when John met her in 1903. He viewed her as a near mythical being and renamed her Dorelia. She was his lover and muse for the rest of his life. This photograph was taken while encamped in Norfolk. Earlier in this year John painted The Smiling Woman, a full-length portrait of Dorelia wearing bohemian dress. The painting established John's reputation as an oil painter and became his first picture to enter a national collection when it was presented to the Tate Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society in 1917

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  • Rolley, Katrina; Aish, Caroline, Fashion in Photographs 1900-1920, 1992, p. 64

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