Lady Ottoline Morrell
Lady Ottoline Morrell
by Baron Adolph de Meyer
half-plate autochrome, circa 1907
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2005
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
- Baron Adolph de Meyer (1868-1946), Photographer. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 47 Read entry
Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) was a society hostess and a patron of the arts known for her flair for fashion and her vivid appreciation of colour. She was also a keen amateur photographer. The National Portrait Gallery holds twelve of her photographic albums, assembled and annotated by Morrell and her daughter, Julian. This Pictorialist inspired photograph, which resembles an impressionist painting, was made using the then-new Autochrome colour process. Baron Adolph de Meyer (1868-1946) captured the sitter’s dynamic personality through dramatic use of colour, lighting and composition. A pioneer in the new genre of fashion photography, De Meyer moved to New York in 1913 to work as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
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Events of 1907back to top
Current affairsRobert Baden Powell, a former lieutenant-general in the British Army, forms the Boy Scout Movement after holding a camp on Brownsea Island for a group of twenty-two boys of mixed social background. Baden Powell was inspired after finding that his 1903 military training manual Aids to Scouting had become a bestseller, and was being used by teachers and youth workers. The Scout movement has become a Worldwide phenomenon, with over 38 million members in 216 countries.
Art and scienceThe poet, author and critic Edmund Gosse publishes his autobiography Father and Son, an account of his relationship with his devout Christian father, the zoologist Phillip Gosse. Edmund's detailing of his loss of faith is a reflection on the Victorian age itself.
Anna Pavlova first dances The Dying Swan, choreographed by Michel Fokine to music by Camille Saint-Saens, at a charity performance.
InternationalAmerica is gripped by a financial crisis as a collapse of trust companies causes panic amongst shareholders.
Aged twenty, the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century architecture, designs his first house at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
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