Monday, November 30, 2020

28 Beautiful Photos of Famous Beauties Taken by Adolph de Meyer in the Early 20th Century

 


Born 1868 in Paris and educated in Dresden, French-German photographer Adolph de Meyer joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1893 and moved to London in 1895. He was famed for his photographic portraits in the early 20th century, many of which depicted celebrities such as Mary Pickford, Rita Lydig, Luisa Casati, Billie Burke, Irene Castle, John Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Ruth St. Denis, King George V of the United Kingdom, and Queen Mary.


De Meyer was also the first official fashion photographer for the American magazine Vogue, appointed to that position in 1913.


He died in Los Angeles on the anniversary of his wife's death Olga de Meyer, 6 January 1946, he being registered as 'Gayne Adolphus Demeyer, writer (retired)', and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.


Here below are some of his stunning works that De Meyer photographed from the 1910s and 1920s.



Lady Hazel Lavery (née Martyn), 1910s



Ann Pennington, circa late 1910s



Italian heiress, a muse and a fashion legend Marchesa Luisa Casati with pearls, 1912



Marchesa Luisa Casati, 1912



Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1912



The Silver Cap, 1912



Rita de Acosta Lydigne, 1913



Ruth St. Denis in the Revelation of the Goddess from Omika, 1913





Gertrude Vanderbilt for American Vogue, 1917



Marylin Miller, 1918



Ann Andrews, 1919



Rose Dolores, 1918




Betty Lee, 1919




Betty Lee, 1919




Dolores, Vogue, May 1919




Dorothy Smoller, US Vogue, 1919




Helen Lee Worthing for US Vogue, December 1919




Follies star Helen Lee Worthing, 1920




Former Ziegfield Follies girl and Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels, 1921




Former Ziegfield Follies girl and Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels, 1921




Gloria Swanson, 1921




Marilyn Miller, 1921




Josephine Baker, 1925




Dame Nellie Melba, 1926




Advertisement for Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, 1927




Mlle Boecler, 1928



Girl with umbrella, circa early 1920s




Mary Pickford, 1920














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