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Rita Martin

(1875-1958), Photographer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 314 portraits
Margareta 'Rita' Martin started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in a similar studio to Charles, photographing subjects in pale colours against a pure white background, and focused on actresses such as Lily Elsie and Lily Brayton and child studies, particularly of Gladys Cooper's two children. Several of her most reproduced child studies were of the Luke Children, whose father, a carpenter for Waring and Gillows, was responsible for building her second studio. Martin's and Charles' few surviving negatives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by their niece Lallie Charles Martin in 1994.

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Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131492

Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131492

Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131493

Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131493

Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131494

Gladys Carrington (Gladys Winifred Tancred, née Chandler)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131494

Vera Coburn, by Rita Martin - NPG x131495

Vera Coburn

by Rita Martin
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131495

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131558

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131558

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131560

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131560

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon), by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131559

Marion Lindsay (Marion Weldon)

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x131559

Howard Tripp Edgar, by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x196026

Howard Tripp Edgar

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x196026

Rita Martin, by Rita Martin - NPG x125450

Rita Martin

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte postcard print, 1900s
NPG x125450

Rita Martin, by Rita Martin - NPG x125451

Rita Martin

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte postcard print, 1900s
NPG x125451

Phyllis Le Grand, by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131548

Phyllis Le Grand

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x131548

Phyllis Le Grand, by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131549

Phyllis Le Grand

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x131549

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew', by Rita Martin, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x131484

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1908
NPG x131484

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew', by Rita Martin, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x131490

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1908
NPG x131490

Prince Alexander Cambridge, Earl of Athlone, by Rita Martin, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x197590

Prince Alexander Cambridge, Earl of Athlone

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1909
NPG x197590

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Mary Ann Prior

02 January 2021, 11:27

I have recently found a photograph by Rita Martin which is quite faded but visible. It is of Constance Villiers Stuart (1876-1966) and her baby daughter Patricia (later Stuart Nemon). It must have been taken in late 1910 because Patricia was born in September. It has Rita Martin's stamp on it and the studio address 74 Baker Street. The image is No 2910-1