A Collection of Vintage Photos feat. Actress Ethel Warwick (1882-1951)

Ethel  Warwick (1882 – 1951) was the daughter of Frank and Maude, born in Hardingstone, Northampton. Her education began in Margate and Hampstead, but by the early 1890’s she was studying to become an artist at the London Polytechnic.

She became an artists model to help pay her tuition there, which led to her meeting Herbert Draper, who used her as a model for several of his paintings, including The Lament for Icarus. Through him she became a favoured model for several artists, including John William Godward, who painted several portraits of her, and Linley Sambourne, for whom she posed nude in a series of photographic studies. She was also sketched by James McNeill Whistler.

She began training as an actress at Henry Neville’s acting school in the late 1890’s, and first appeared on stage at the Grande Theatre in Fulham in July 1900 as Emilie de L’Esparre in The Corsican Brothers. She later appeared in several films.


Ethel Warwick published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd bromide postcard print, © National Portrait Gallery, London, circa 1906 via


Ethel Warwick by Reautlinger via


Ethel Warwick by Reautlinger via


Ethel Warwick, 1900 via

Vera Fokina in Scheherazade (1914)

Vera Fokina (1886-1958) was a Russian-American ballerina. In 1906 she married the groundbreaking Russian choreographer and dancer Michel Fokine.

The ballet Scheherazade premiered on June 4th 1910, at the Opéra Garnier in Paris by the Ballets Russes. The choreography for the ballet was by Michel Fokine and the libretto was from Fokine and Léon Bakst.

The Ballet Russes’ Scheherazade is known for its traditionally dazzling costumes, opulent scenery, and erotic choreography and narrative which was rarely seen in ballets of the time.


Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via


Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via


Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via


Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via


Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

Marilyn Monroe by Elliott Erwitt (1954)


Elliott Erwitt Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1954, via


Elliott Erwitt Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1954 via


Elliott Erwitt New York City, (Marilyn Monroe, ‘The Seven Year Itch’), 1954 via