by Bertram Park
cream-toned bromide print, 1919
8 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (206 mm x 145 mm)
Given by (Hilary) June Mardall (née Park, later Bosanquet), 1977
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- Yvonne Gregory (1889-1970), Photographer; wife of Bertram Park. Sitter in 9 portraits, Artist associated with 110 portraits.
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- Bertram Park (1883-1972), Photographer. Artist associated with 146 portraits, Sitter in 20 portraits.
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- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 185 Read entry
The photographer Yvonne Gregory married Bertram Park in 1916, and together they set up in business at 43 Dover Street, London, with the financial backing of Lord Carnarvon, the Egyptologist. Marcus Adams trained with them and ran their Nursery Studio for children; Paul Tanqueray also had premises in the same street, as did Hugh Cecil and Bassano. Park was one of the most successful society photographers of the day. He was an aficionado of the soft-focus lens, and specialized in elegant portraits of society beauties posed against dark backgrounds, with the use of flattering back-lighting, influenced by Baron de Meyer.
In this photograph Yvonne Gregory attitudinizes in the 'dazzle' costume which she wore to the Dazzle Ball held in London in 1919, and is posed against a 'dazzle' background. The Ball took its theme from dazzle-painting, a form of sea-camouflage which had been developed by the British during the war. It was intended not to hide ships, but to break up their outline and bewilder the enemy by the use of bold and eccentric designs. It is ironic that after the war it should be adopted by the world of fashion.