Friday, 31 August 2018

651) Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869 – 1916). Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
He has been described as a monk or as a "strannik" (wanderer, or pilgrim), though he held no official position in the Russian Orthodox Church. After traveling to St. Petersburg, either in 1903 or the winter of 1904–5, Rasputin captivated some church and social leaders. He became a society figure, and met the Tsar in November 1905.
In late 1906, Rasputin began acting as a healer for the Tsar and his wife Alexandra's son Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia and was Nicholas' only heir (Tsarevitch).
In the early morning of 30 December 1916, Rasputin was assassinated by a group of conservative noblemen who opposed his influence over Alexandra and the Tsar.
Some writers have suggested that Rasputin helped discredit the tsarist government, and thus helped precipitate the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. Very little about Rasputin's life and influence is certain, however, as accounts have often been based on hearsay, rumor, and legend.

- "Handsome, with long reddish hair and beard, broad shouldered, vigorous and erect, Rasputin had an extraordinary personality..."

- "She was almost as tall as Gregory, her blond hair contrasted sharply with his unruly auburn locks."

650) Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia (1876 – 1936). Third child and second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Emperor Alexander II of Russia.
Sister of Queen Marie of Romania

- "Ducky, tall, dark and elegant with auburn hair and large blue eyes."…/2e0a2df5-d58c-4f99-91ec-…/…

Thursday, 30 August 2018

649) Kathleen Rockwell

Kathleen Eloise Rockwell (1873 – 1957), best known as "Klondike Kate", and later known as Kate Rockwell Warner Matson Van Duren. She gained her fame as a dancer and vaudeville star during the Klondike Gold Rush, where she met Alexander Pantages who later became a very successful vaudeville/motion picture mogul. She gained notoriety for her flirtatious dancing and ability to keep hard-working miners happy if not inebriated.

- "She was Kathleen "Kitty" Rockwell Matson, a red-haired beauty who was a popular performer in Dawson City..."…

- "In Dawson, Klondike Kate was famous for her red-gold hair, charisma and happy-go-lucky style on stage."…

- ""Klondike Kate" Rockwell was headline news, off and on, for 50 years. She inspired a book, a play and a movie -- all telling and retelling the story of the red-haired New York chorus beauty who mined enough from gold miners' pouches to amass her own fortune."
- "A fiery, red-headed beauty glided out before the crowd, her violent eyes smiling."…/

- "Describing Kate in “Good Time Girls,” author Lael Morgan writes, “She had natural red hair, violet eyes, long black lashes and a splendid figure."…/despite-that-boa-klondike-kat…/

648) Margaret Brown

Margaret "Maggie" Brown (née Tobin;1867 – 1932), posthumously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". American socialite and philanthropist. She is best remembered for encouraging the crew in Lifeboat No. 6 to return to the debris field of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to look for survivors. Accounts differ on whether the boat actually returned to look for survivors, and if so, whether any survivors were found. During her lifetime, her friends called her "Maggie", but even by her death, obituaries referred to her as the "Unsinkable Mrs. Brown". The reference was further reinforced by a 1960 Broadway musical based on her life and its 1964 film adaptation which were both entitled The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

- "Who could have known that this small, red-haired baby would one day live a life of wealth, adventure, political and philanthropic pursuits and heroism that the Tobin family could have never dreamed?"…

- "Mrs Brown was awake and glad indeed to see her old red head, as she sometimes lovingly called Molly, coming to have a good talk."…

- "She was also notorious in the city of Denver for her bright Kelly green dresses that went well with her red hair."…/Meet%20the%20Irish-American%20Hel…

647) Nellie Bly

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1864 – 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly. American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. Bly was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker.

- "Elizabeth, an intelligent girl with cool gray eyes and auburn hair..."…

- "The red-haired girl - Nellie Bly, I suppose; she is the only maid with red hair..."…

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

646) Ethel Cushing

Ethel Cushing (née Cochrane, 1882 - 1948). Wife and model of the painter Howard Gardiner Cushing, by whom she had four children: Olivia, Lily, Howard and Alexander. In 1916 her husband died and in 1926 she married James Denison Sawyer, a Wall Street stock broker.

- "Ethel Cochrane Cushing, with her alabaster skin, almond shaped eyes and long golden red hair, was the favorite model of her husband, artist Howard Gardiner Cushing."

- "The flame-haired Ethel was her husband's favorite model. He produced portrait after portrait of the lithe socialite. Ethel often appeared in portraits garbed in Japanese kimonos or other Asian influenced garments, her skin always albaster-white and her hair fiery red."…/the-howard-gardiner…

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

645) Dolly Henry

Dolly Henry (in full, Dorothy Eileen Henry, though sometimes written O'Henry, 1896 - 1914). Painter's model. She had a tempestuous affair with painter John Currie, which ended with Currie shooting her dead at her Chelsea apartment. Then he turned the gun on himself and died in hospital a few days later.

- "He brought Dolly Henry with him and Marsh described her as “an extremely pretty Irish girl with red hair”.

644) Dora Carrington

Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893 – 1932), known generally as Carrington. English painter and decorative artist, remembered in part for her association with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey.

- "...when as a bored sufferer in the Antique Class my attention had been suddenly fixed by the sight of this amusing person with such very blue eyes and such incredibly thick pigtails of red-gold hair."

- "... a sturdy figure, dressed in a print dress, made after the pattern of one in a John picture, a thick mop of golden red hair..."

- "Her golden red hair bobbed and large blue eyes and her sense of fun, fantasy and enchantment attracted men wanting affection, love, romance, sex and friendship."…/dora-carrington-1893-1932…/

643) Julia Stephen

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson; 1846 – 1895). Celebrated English woman, noted for her beauty as a Pre-Raphaelite model and philanthropist. She was the wife of the biographer Leslie Stephen and mother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Julia Jackson was born in Calcutta to an Anglo-Indian family, and when she was two her mother and her two sisters moved back to England. She became the favourite model of her aunt, the celebrated photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, who made more than 50 portraits of her.

- "Rose Pargiter has the same red hair and blue eyes as Julia Stephen..."…

The Princess Sabra Led to the Dragon (1866) by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

The Annunciation (1879)  by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Julia Stephen by Jacques-Emile Blanche

Portrait by George Frederic Watts

Photograph taken by Julia Margaret Cameron, who used to say this was the favourite picture of all her works