Lady Ottoline Morrell
Lady Ottoline Morrell
by George Charles Beresford
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 4 June 1903
5 7/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (147 mm x 107 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003
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 1712 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Charles Beresford (1864-1938), Photographer. Artist associated with 386 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Beresford's portrait of Ottoline Morrell was taken at the studio he opened at 20 Yeoman's Row, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge. This is one of four poses in the collection. Beresford is best-known for his portraits of Virginia Woolf in a similar pose taken the previous year. In 1932 he retired from photography to become an antique dealer. Beresford's autobiographical book Schooldays with Kipling was published in 1936. Kipling used Beresford's character as the original M'Turk in his book Stalky and Co. (1899).
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, 20 Yeoman's Row, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London)
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Events of 1903back to top
Current affairsEmmeline Pankhurst forms the militant organisation, the Women's Social and Political Union, campaigning for greater rights for women and to secure them the vote. Its members were known as 'suffragettes', and adopted the slogan of 'Deeds, not words'.
Joseph Chamberlain resigns as Colonial Secretary to campaign for tariff reform and an end to free trade, a key economic issue which splits the Conservative party.
Art and scienceHenry James publishes The Ambassadors. Autobiographical in tone, it movingly and humorously traces the conversion of the American Lewis Lambert Strether, sent to Paris to find his widowed fiancee Mrs Newsome's wayward son Chad, to European culture.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the leading Scottish arts and crafts designer and architect, designs the Willow tea rooms in Glasgow for his patron, Miss Catherine Cranston.
InternationalThe Bolsheviks (meaning 'the majority'), a faction of the exiled Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, are formed after splitting from the Mensheviks at the Second Party Congress in London.
After gaining independence following the end of the Spanish-American war, Cuba is forced to accept a permanent US military presence at Guantánamo Bay.