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April 8, 2015

Rare and Beautiful Color Portrait Photos of Mervyn O’Gorman’s Daughter in 1913

Born in Ireland, Mervyn O'Gorman (1871-1958) is best known as one of the greatest British aeronautical engineers. During the First World War he was head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. He was also a motoring pioneer, writing O'Gorman's Motoring Pocket Book in 1904, and was actively involved in the Royal Automobile Club, becoming its vice-president. He also later played a key role in the introduction of the Highway Code. O'Gorman was an artist as well as an engineer, concentrating on etching and lacquer-work.

Although not a member of the RPS, he was also a talented photographer. A charming and humorous man with enormous physical and mental energy, he seems to have been almost universally liked and admired. Below is a small collection of gorgeous color photos of O’Gorman’s daughter, Christina, in 1913.

Christina sitting on the beach at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

Christina with purple Buddlia.

Christina with a bunch of flowers.

Portrait of Christina in a garden.

Christina by the pond.

Portrait of Christina wearing a red cloak.

Christina by the boat on the beach at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

Christina walking on the beach.

O’Gorman captures a timeless scene as his family eat their picnic on the beach in Dorset, with Durdle Door in the background.

(Images via The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum)


  1. I want to see your face painted black, black as night, black as coal
    I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky.
    I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black, yea

  2. Valerie HartsfieldApril 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Horrible and completely insane! The war was a waste of everything; mostly lives. These photographs are a good story without words of the complete tearing apart of that country. Too high of a price. Too high of a price. Not unlike what was started in 2003. Once started in Iraq, to this day, it is still happening. Death and destruction. And for what?

  3. Photographs are actually of Mervyn’s friend Edwyn Bevan’s daughter, Christina (1897-1981).




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