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Dorothy Wilding

(1893-1976), Photographer

Sitter in 30 portraits
Artist associated with 2179 portraits
Dorothy Wilding began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson. Wilding was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer for the 1937 Coronation and opened a second studio in New York in the same year. She is best known for her brightly lit linear compositions photographed in high key lighting against a white background. Her autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958. Her surviving archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by her sister Mrs Susan Morton 1976 and formed the basis of a major NPG retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 1991, The Pursuit of Perfection.

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Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(13)

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print on tissue and card mount, mid 1920s
NPG P870(13)

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27399

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x27399

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27401

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1920s
NPG x27401

The studio of Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x44640

The studio of Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x44640

The studio of Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27408

The studio of Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
glossy bromide print, 1920s
NPG x27408

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27403

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1930s
On display in Room 29 on Floor 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x27403

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27402

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1930s
NPG x27402

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27405

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1930s-1940s
NPG x27405

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27404

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x27404

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27406

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1950s
NPG x27406

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x27407

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1950s
NPG x27407

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36016

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
print, 1955
NPG x36016

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36015

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1955
NPG x36015

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x35930

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
contact print from half-plate negative, 1956
NPG x35930

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1921
NPG x25893

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1921
NPG x25894

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1921
NPG x25895

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x35931

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x35932

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Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x35933

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James J Going

18 August 2015, 22:21

Dear National Portrait Gallery I am attempting to research the life of artists' and photographers' model Rhoda Madge Beasley (1911-1935). There is a well known photograph of her by EO Hoppe taken in 1935. She was also photographed by Dorothy Wilding (2 pictures in the NPG Archives) and painted by several artists and sat for the sculptor Frank Dobson. Sadly, she died very young (she was only 24) in London in December 1935 and it has been difficult to find out any more about her. Given that she was photographed by Dorothy Wilding whose archive is at the NPG it did occur to me there might be materials relating to her or indeed other photographs of her in the Wilding archive. I should be most interested to discover if you think this might be a possibility, and if so how one might take it further. With best wishes, yours sincerely, James J. Going. MD PhD, Consultant Pathologist Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow.