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Lady Ottoline Morrell

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Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, circa 1904
6 1/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (156 mm x 109 mm)
Given by the photographer's son, Cavendish Morton, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG P479

Sitterback to top

  • Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell. Sitter associated with 596 portraits, Artist associated with 1715 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Cavendish Morton (1874-1939), Photographer, actor and film director. Artist associated with 115 portraits, Sitter associated with 15 portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • 100 Fashion Icons, p. 82 Read entry

    Society hostess and patron of the arts, Lady Ottoline Morrell was known for her flair for fashion and idiosyncratic style. She entertained celebrated artists, writers and political figures at her home at 44 Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, London, and continued to do so at her subsequent residences, Garsington Manor in Oxfordshire and in Bloomsbury again at 10 Gower Street. In this pictorialist inspired photograph, Cavendish Morton (1874–1939) portrays Morrell wrapped in delicate and soft fabric, crafting an image that creates an effect as if it has been softly painted.

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 442

Events of 1904back to top

Current affairs

Britain and France sign the Entente Cordiale, an agreement which resolves a number of longstanding colonial disputes (including a Declaration respecting Egypt and Morocco), signalling growing anxiety about the risk of future German aggression. Although not militarily binding, the agreement, negotiated between French foreign minister Théophile Delcassé, and Lord Lansdowne, the British Foreign Secretary, establishes a diplomatic understanding between the two countries.

Art and science

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is first performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Charting the fantastical adventures of Peter, 'the boy who never grew up', the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook in Neverland, many adaptations have been made of the story.
The painter Gwen John settles in Paris, where she becomes the lover and model of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, modelling for his sculpture Muse.

International

Japan attacks the Russian Navy at Port Arthur, sparking the Russo-Japanese war. Hostility was prompted by the rival imperialist ambitions of the Russian and Japanese empires in Manchuria, North East China, and Korea, considered by Japan to be an essential buffer against colonisation by Western Powers. Japan wins a series of victories against Russia which transforms the balance of power in East Asia, and undermines the Tsar's rule in Russia.

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