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July 16, 2018

28 Stunning Portrait 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

Rose Dolores, 1918

Ann Andrews, 1919

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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