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.

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

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Ethel Warwick by Reautlinger via

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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.

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé (1916)

Hazel, Lady Lavery (1880–1935) was a socialite, actress and painter. She was the second wife of portrait artist Sir John Lavery.

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Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé gelatin silver print, 1916 © 2019 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc. (NPG) via

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Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé gelatin silver print, 1916 © 2019 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc. NPG via

Louise Glaum as “The Wolf Woman” (1916)

The Wolf Woman is a 1916 silent era drama motion picture starring Louise Glaum. Leila Aradella (played by Glaum), is a young and egotistical woman, who finds pleasure from preying on weak men with her charm and beauty.

After seeing the film, it was reported that New York critics unanimously pronounced Glaum as “the greatest vampire woman of all time.”

Another reviewer noted that Glaum had become famous for her “vampire” characterizations and billed The Wolf Woman as the “Greatest Vampire picture of all”.

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Louise Glaum in The Wolf Woman, 1916 via

Musidora as Irma Vep in “Les Vampires” (1915)

Les Vampires is a 1915–16 French silent crime serial film written and directed by Louis Feuillade. Set in Paris, it stars Édouard Mathé, Musidora and Marcel Lévesque.

The main characters are a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires (who are not the mythological beings their name suggests).

Musidora appears as cabaret singer Irma Vep (an anagram of “vampire”), who has a leading role in The Vampires crimes.

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Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot from the film Les Vampires by Louis Feuillade, 1915 via

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Les Vampires, 1915 via

Portraits by Amercian Photographer James Arthur (ca. 1900s)

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Woman with a miniature by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman at a piano by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman with a spinning wheel by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman looking in a mirror by James Arhur, c. 1900 via

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Woman with vase of flowers by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman wearing a plumed hat by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Seated woman drinking tea by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Woman on a tree trunk by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

Girls in Front of Mirrors by Lady Clementina Hawarden

Clementina Maude, Viscountess Hawarden, née Clementina Elphinstone Fleeming (1822 – 1865) commonly known as Lady Clementina Hawarden, was a noted English amateur portrait photographer of the Victorian Era.

She turned to photography in late 1856 or, probably, in early 1857, whilst living on the family estate in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A move to London in 1859 allowed her to set up a studio in her elegant home in South Kensington. There she took many of the characteristic portraits for which she is principally remembered. Many include her adolescent daughters Isabella Grace, Clementina and Florence Elizabeth. The furniture and characteristic decor of an upper-class London home was removed in order to create mise-en-scene images and theatrical poses within the first floor of her home. Hawarden produced albumen prints from wet-plate collodion negatives, a method commonly used at the time

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via