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Photographs by Cavendish Morton, 1900s-1920s


104 Portraits in set

The artist and photographer Cavendish Morton enjoyed several careers. Born in New York in 1874 to British parents, he followed his father's wishes, starting his career as an electrical engineer before he turned to work in an architect's office. He made his first appearance on stage at the age of 16. His illustrations appeared in American magazines before he came to London to act and work with the companies of, successively, Charles Wyndham, Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Johnston Forbes Robertson. His first photographs were of an actor appearing in Lillie Langtry's production of The Degenerates. In the early 1900s his work appeared at the Photographic Salon and art photography publications. He experimented with autochromes and gum prints but principally worked with platinotype prints and included amongst his subjects Lady Ottoline Morrell and Sir Harry Lauder. The National Portrait Gallery was given an extensive archive of his work in 1991 by his son, the watercolour artist, who also bears his father's name.

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Sir Harry Lauder, by Cavendish Morton - NPG P494

Sir Harry Lauder

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1904
NPG P494

Sir Harry Lauder, by Cavendish Morton - NPG P495

Sir Harry Lauder

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1904
NPG P495

Sir Harry Lauder, by Cavendish Morton - NPG P496

Sir Harry Lauder

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1904
NPG P496

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Cavendish Morton - NPG P479

Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, circa 1904
NPG P479

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Cavendish Morton - NPG P477

Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1905
NPG P477

Cavendish Morton as Pierrot, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128824

Cavendish Morton as Pierrot

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x128824

Cavendish Morton as King Lear, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128825

Cavendish Morton as King Lear

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x128825

Gloria Warren, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128841

Gloria Warren

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x128841

Unknown man, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128847

Unknown man

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x128847

Cavendish Morton, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x45646

Cavendish Morton

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x45646

Unknown boy, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128860

Unknown boy

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, circa 1902
NPG x128860

Unknown girl, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128861

Unknown girl

by Cavendish Morton
vintage print, circa 1902
NPG x128861

Native American, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128849

Native American

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1903
NPG x128849

Native American Chief, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128850

Native American Chief

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1903
NPG x128850

Native American Chief, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128851

Native American Chief

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1903
NPG x128851

Native American, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128852

Native American

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1903
NPG x128852