New(ish)ly restored pics of the Socialist playwright and author at Amateur Photographer.
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Via BuzzFeed: “The photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton’s Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy troupe performed the bawdy lyrics penned by the future Great Gatsby writer. In a review of his performance, the Times referred to Fitzgerald as “the most beautiful” girl in the whole production.”
From Wikipedia: “Geneviève ‘Ginette’ Lantelme (born Mathilde Fossey; 1887-1911) was a French actress, socialite and courtesan, best known as the mistress of Alfred Edwards, from whose yacht she fell to her death in July 1911. At fourteen she was one of the lures at her mother’s brothel, but soon became an acclaimed Paris actress. Theatregoers savoured her reputation for enjoying the bodies of men and women with equal pleasure: her languid slouch was imitated by other Parisian vamps. Misia, Edwards’ wife, was extremely jealous of her husband’s mistress, and said in her memoirs ‘I had contrived to get a photograph of Lantelme; it adorned my dressing-table, and I made desperate efforts to look like her, dress my hair in the same way, wear the same clothes.’ Marcel Proust used this as the model for Gilberte’s jealousy of Rachel and Saint-Loup in À la recherche du temps perdu.”
From Daily Mail: “Street blogging may be considered to be a modern phenomenon, but a series of images unearthed by Kensington and Chelsea Libraries prove that the practice may date as far back as the early 1900’s. The Library service has published several wonderful images by the late amateur photographer Edward Linley Sambourne, who was also the chief cartoonist for Punch, which give an amazing insight into the street style of the woman of London and Paris over a century ago. Sambourne’s beautiful street photography captures the casual side of Edwardian fashion in a manner which is rarely seen.”
In harem pants! The devil’s trousers! ON A WOMAN!
Paper magazine has rounded up a series of photographs of the Downton stars out of their waistcoats and tea gowns and in modern dress. Some of them, like Mrs Patmore, the cook (played by Lesley Nicol), look positively glamourous in real life, while others (I’m looking at you, evil gay footman) are decidedly better off in 1912. Check out the entire cast here.
“Francis Renault was an active and popular ‘femme mimic’ from the early 1900s to the 1950s. He was born Antonio Auriemma in Naples Italy on September 5, 1895. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where, after a show, he reportedly met and was inspired by the great Edwardian female impersonator Julian Eltinge. Francis made his vaudeville reputation impersonating Lillian Russell, the great American beauty whose career and pulchritude spanned decades before and after the turn of the twentieth century. Like Lillian, he wore gorgeous gowns. His investment in gowns was extensive, tallying in the tens of thousands of dollars. At some theatres like the Palace, his costumes were displayed in theatre lobbies, where women could get a closer look at their richness and craftsmanship. Unlike Eltinge, Renault was in the habit of wearing his female costumes on the street of the various cities and towns where he toured. This created a great deal of publicity for his show, but frequently incensed local authorities. He was arrested and released on several occasions for female impersonation, notably in Dallas and Atlanta.” – From Vaudeville Old & New, An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, Vol 1, by Frank Cullen with Florence Hackman and Donald McNeilly (2006). (via Flickr)
Of course we all love his gorgeous portraits of society matrons draped across their fainting couches in flowing tea gowns and whatnot, but I find that when he turns his eye towards the menz of that period, we catch a whiff of sensuality that borders on the lurid, especially in the portraits of Bedouin Arabs he painted in his later years and his Greco-Romanesque recreations (bottom row). From top, left: Lord Dalhousie (1900), William Butler Yeats (1908), Dr Samuel Pozzi, and Leon Delafosse (1895). (via Sissy Dude)