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Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill

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Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill, by Lady Ottoline Morrell, May 1909 - NPG Ax140134 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, May 1909
3 7/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (100 mm x 60 mm) image size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax140134

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  • Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell. Artist associated with 1699 portraits, Sitter associated with 595 portraits.

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This snapshot was taken by Ottoline Morrell, the society hostess and patron of the arts. John began sketching her in 1908 and they soon became lovers. This photograph was taken once their affair had cooled and Dorelia's primacy in John's life had been affirmed. The couple are shown in the grounds of Hampton Court. John was bored during the visit, prompting Ottoline to record: 'I find few painters really have got the instinct for cultivation.'

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