|Mrs Charles Sweeny (Margaret, Duchess of Argyll) as Helen of Troy|
Currently showing at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing is an exhibition of works from the innovative and renowned photographer, Madame Yevonde, and the modern photographer, Neeta Madahar. I must get myself there...
|The Hon. Mrs James Beck as Daphne|
Madame Yevonde was active as a photographer between 1914 and 1975, specialising in portraiture. At the beginning of the 1930s, she begun experimenting with colour which, at the time, was considered a bit of a fad. She is now considered to be one of the pioneers of colour photography.
|Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Andromeda|
|Miss Susan Bligh as Calypso|
|Mrs Longdon as Persephone|
|Lady Dorothy Warrender as Ceres|
|Mary, Viscountess Ratendone as Euterpe|
|Lady Milbanke as Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons|
|Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Ariel|
|Mrs Edward Mayer as Medusa|
|The Hon. Mrs Bryan Guinness (Lady Diana Mosley) as Venus|
Are they not just incredibly beautiful?!
Some of this collection is being displayed next to modern interpretations by Neeta Madahar. There's less than two weeks left now until it closes (how time flies - or should I say "tempus fugit" if we're talking about ancient goddesses?) but hopefully I'll be able to make it and report back in a subsequent post.
If anyone else in London makes it, let me know! There's additional incentive in terms of the location too:
Everyone who has no chance of getting to the exhibition can still feast their eyes here, the source of all the photos I've reproduced in this post. And then come back and tell me what your favourites are! Which would you pick if given the chance to take an original print of just one to hang on your wall...?