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Bright Young Things


59 People in sitter grouping:

The Bright Young Things (or Bright Young People) were a set of bohemian socialites and aristocrats who became notorious in the 1920s tabloid press for their decadent parties, riotous practical jokes and hedonistic behaviour. Their social scene focused on London, where they enjoyed elaborate night-time treasure hunts and entry to private clubs. Favourite haunts included the Gargoyle Club and Cavendish Hotel, but also extended to country house parties and meticulously planned costume balls. The term 'Bright Young People' was originally coined by the tabloid press and applied to the pleasure-seeking young men and women of the interwar generation. Many of them went on to become artists and writers, who in turn became the inspiration for various literary characters. Cecil Beaton’s photographs captured the glamour and creativity of the Bright Young Things, many of whom became his close friends.

Teresa ('Baby') Jungman (later Cuthbertson)

Teresa ('Baby') Jungman (later Cuthbertson)

1907-2010
Society hostess
Sitter in 6 portraits
Zita Jungman (later James)

Zita Jungman (later James)

1903-2006
Society hostess; wife of Arthur James; daughter of Nico Jungman
Sitter in 3 portraits
Jessie Doris (née Delevingne), Viscountess Castlerosse

Jessie Doris (née Delevingne), Viscountess Castlerosse

1900-1942
First wife of Viscount Castlerosse, later 6th Earl of Kenmare; daughter of Edward Charles Delevingne
Sitter in 5 portraits
Barbara Ker-Seymer

Barbara Ker-Seymer

1905-1993
Photographer
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 9 portraits
John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross

John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross

1904-1976
Author and journalist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Lady Mary Lygon

Lady Mary Lygon

1910-1982
Former wife of Vsevelod Ivanovich Romanov, Prince of Russia; daughter of 7th Earl Beauchamp
Sitter in 4 portraits
Beverley Nichols

Beverley Nichols

1898-1983
Author, composer and playwright
Sitter in 54 portraits
Brenda Dean Paul

Brenda Dean Paul

1907-1959
Actress and socialite; daughter of Poldowski and Sir Aubrey Dean Paul, 5th Bt
Sitter in 1 portrait
Aileen Sibell Mary Plunket (née Guinness)

Aileen Sibell Mary Plunket (née Guinness)

1904-1999
Society hostess; former wife of Brinsley Sheridan Bushe Plunket and later wife of Valerian Stux-Rybar; daughter of Arthur Ernest Guinness
Sitter in 3 portraits
Babe Plunket-Greene

Babe Plunket-Greene

born 1907
Socialite; former wife of David Plunket-Greene; later wife of Count de Bosdari
Sitter in 4 portraits
Lady Bridget Poulett

Lady Bridget Poulett

1912-1975
Socialite; daughter of 7th Earl Poulett
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sheila Chisholm

Sheila Chisholm

1895-1969
Socialite; former wife of Francis St Clair-Erskine, Lord Loughborough and of Sir John Milbanke, and later wife of Prince Dimitri of Russia; daughter of Harry Chisholm
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse

Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse

1902-1992
Former wife of Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones, and later wife of 6th Earl of Rosse; daughter of Leonard Messel
Sitter in 17 portraits
Georgia Sitwell (née Doble)

Georgia Sitwell (née Doble)

1905-1980
Wife of Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 6th Bt
Sitter in 9 portraits
Nancy Beaton

Nancy Beaton

1909-1999
Wife of Sir Hugh Houston Smiley, 3rd Bt; sister of Cecil Beaton
Sitter in 27 portraits
Lady Eleanor Furneaux Smith

Lady Eleanor Furneaux Smith

1902-1945
Author; daughter of 1st Earl of Birkenhead
Sitter in 5 portraits
Wanda Holden

Wanda Holden

circa 1911-1956
Socialite; daughter of Norman Holden; former wife of Charles Baillie-Hamilton, and later wife of Frank Ormond Soden
Sitter in 1 portrait
Kathleen Buchanan Thomson (née Smith)

Kathleen Buchanan Thomson (née Smith)

1900-1941
Wife of Sir George Paget Thomson; daughter of Sir George Adam Smith
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sunday Wilshin

Sunday Wilshin

1905-1991
Actress, broadcaster and radio producer
Sitter in 3 portraits