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Madame Yevonde

(1893-1975), Photographer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 333 portraits
Madame Yevonde was a London-based photographer of portraits and still life throughout much of the twentieth century. She was a pioneer in photographic techniques, experimenting with solarisation and associated particularly with the Vivex colour process, which she utilised to great effect in the 1930s. ‘If we are going to have colour photographs, for heaven’s sake let’s have a riot of colour, none of your wishy washy hand tinted effects’ said Madame Yevonde in 1932 in an address to the Royal Photographic Society.

As an innovator committed to colour photography when it was not considered a serious medium, Yevonde’s work is significant in the history of British portrait photography. Her most renowned body of work is a series of women dressed as goddesses posed in surreal tableaux exhibited in 1935.

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For research and Madame Yevonde Collection enquiries email: [email protected] or [email protected]

For access to Madame Yevonde’s daybooks and archive materials email: [email protected]

To license and use images of Madame Yevonde’s colour work please visit NPG Images or email [email protected]

To license and use images of Madame Yevonde’s black and white work please visit Mary Evans Picture Library or email [email protected]

Other repositories include the Royal Photographic Society Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Council Visual Arts Collection.

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Cathleen Sabine Mann, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P871(3)

Cathleen Sabine Mann

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print, 1932
NPG P871(3)

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P871(1)

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print, 1935
NPG P871(1)

Vivien Leigh, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P742

Vivien Leigh

by Madame Yevonde
colour dye transfer print, 1936
NPG P742

Anna Zinkeisen, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P1839

Anna Zinkeisen

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print, January 1936
NPG P1839

Doris Zinkeisen, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P1838

Doris Zinkeisen

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print, January 1936
NPG P1838

George Bernard Shaw, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P871(5)

George Bernard Shaw

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on black card mount, 1937
NPG P871(5)

Madame Yevonde, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P620

Madame Yevonde

by Madame Yevonde
colour dye transfer print, 1940
NPG P620

Gladys Buchanan Unger, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x194473

Gladys Buchanan Unger

by Madame Yevonde
gelatin silver print, 1910s
NPG x194473

Helen Venetia (née Duncombe), Viscountess D'Abernon, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11644

Helen Venetia (née Duncombe), Viscountess D'Abernon

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, published 1 April 1914
NPG x11644

Rachel Verney (née Wrey), Lady Willoughby de Broke, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x29848

Rachel Verney (née Wrey), Lady Willoughby de Broke

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on card mount, 1914
NPG x29848

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville), by Madame Yevonde - NPG x136558

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville)

by Madame Yevonde
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 21 July 1915
NPG x136558

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville), by Madame Yevonde - NPG x136559

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville)

by Madame Yevonde
matte collodion printing-out paper print, circa 1915
NPG x136559

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville), by Madame Yevonde - NPG x136560

Doris Louise Cleghorn Church (née Somerville)

by Madame Yevonde
matte collodion printing-out paper print, circa 1915
NPG x136560

Gaby Deslys, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11647

Gaby Deslys

by Madame Yevonde
sepia print mounted on card, 1918
NPG x11647

Gladys Helen Rachel (née Goldsmid), Lady Swaythling, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26348

Gladys Helen Rachel (née Goldsmid), Lady Swaythling

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1918
NPG x26348

Gaby Deslys, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11646

Gaby Deslys

by Madame Yevonde
sepia print mounted on card, 1918
NPG x11646

Lydia Lopokova, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x131743

Lydia Lopokova

by Madame Yevonde
black and white reprint, 1920s
NPG x131743

Edward Verrall Lucas, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x194132

Edward Verrall Lucas

by Madame Yevonde
vintage print, 1920s
NPG x194132

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