Friday, 18 October 2019

1210) Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith. English laundress who became a model for D. G. Rossetti, Simon Solomon, E. Poynter, E. Burne-Jones, G. P. Boyce and others. Rossetti saw her in the street in 1860 and persuaded her to come and sit for him.
Some of the paintings she sat for are Joli Coeur, A Christmas Carol and The Beloved (she is the left-hand bridesmaid).
According to George Boyce’s diary, a soldier, who probably objected to Smith's beauty being admired by others, cut her face to ribbons and disfigured her so badly she could not model anymore. She eventually married a cabbie and returned to Boyce to offer her services as a laundress.

- "Smith's thick dark auburn hair, her almond-shaped eyes, her round sweet face with strong brow and jawline..."…

Pastel portrait by Rossetti

Portrait by G. P. Boyce

Joli Coeur (1867) D G Rossetti

A Christmas Carol (1867), D G Rossetti

The Beloved (Smith is the bridesmaid on the left)

Thursday, 17 October 2019

1209) Marguerite Khnopff

Marguerite Khnopff. Sister and model of Belgian painter Fernand Khnopff (1585 - 1921). She modeled, among others, for paintings such as I Lock the Door Upon Myself, The Caress, Who Shall Deliver Me?

- "In 1891, the Belgian symbolist Fernand Khnopff debuted I Lock the Door Upon Myself, featuring his red haired sister as model and proxy."

- "In his case, however, the paintings of the auburn-haired Marguerite amounted to a near-obsession..."

The Caress

Who Shall Deliver Me?

I Lock the Door Upon Myself

Portrait of Marguerite Khnopff

1208) Annie Miller

Annie Miller (1835–1925). English artists' model who, among others, sat for the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais.
She was working as a barmaid when she attracted the attention of Hunt. He had planned to marry Annie and so, before he left for Palestine in 1854, he made arrangements for her to be educated while he was away. Hunt returned from his travels in 1856, but Annie became involved with the seventh Viscount Ranelagh, even though Hunt proposed to her. As a result, Hunt finally broke off the engagement in 1859. Annie eventually married Ranelagh's first cousin, Captain Thomas Thomson.
- "The result is a curious combination of Miller's distinctively red-gold, wavy hair..."

Portrait by Millais

Woman in Yellow, by D. G. Rossetti

Helen of Troy, by D. G. Rossetti

Mary Magdalene, Leaving the House Feasting, by D. G. Rossetti

The Awakening Conscience, by W. H. Hunt
Il dolce far niente, by W. H. Hunt

1207) Fanny Cornforth

Fanny Cornforth (1835 – 1909). Englishwoman who became the artist's model and mistress of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later, Cornforth performed the duties of housekeeper for Rossetti.
In Rossetti's paintings, the figures modeled by Fanny Cornforth are generally rather voluptuous, differing from those of other models such as Jane Morris and Elizabeth Siddal.
It is believed that her real name was Sarah Cox, and that she was born in Steyning, West Sussex, the daughter of a blacksmith. Her first role was as to model the head of the principal figure in the painting Found.
William Michael Rossetti wrote that "she was a pre-eminently fine woman with regular and sweet features, and a mass of the most lovely blond hair – light-golden, or 'harvest yellow'." However, in most of the paintings she sat for, her hair looks quite reddish, or even copper.
Some of the paintings featuring Cornforth are Bocca Baciata, Lucrezia Borgia, Fair Rosamund, Fazio's Mistress (Aurelia), The Blue Bower, Lady Lilith, Found, The Holy Grail (all by Rossetti) and Sidonia von Bork (by E. Burne-Jones).

Aurelia (Fazio's Mistress)

Portrait of Cornfoth by Rossetti

Bocca Baciata

Fair Rosamund

Sidonia von Bork


Lucrezia Borgia

Lady Lilith

Womann Combing Her Hair

The Blue Bower

Friday, 11 October 2019

1206) Tryphena Foord

Tryphena Foord (1828 - 1921). Wife and model of English painter Arthut Hughes. He was not an official member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but his paintings exhibit the Pre-Raphaelite style and preference of themes. She modeled for many of his husband's works, such as April Love, The Long Engagement, Amy, A Music Party, Back from the Sea, The Rift within the Lute, etc.

A Music Party,

April Love

Back from the Sea

The Rift within the Lute


The Long Engagement

Thursday, 10 October 2019

1205) Mary Emma Jones

Mary Emma Jones, also known as Miss Clive. Actress, model and common-law wife of painter, illustrator and draughtsman Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829 - 1904).
They met in 1862, when she modeled for The Magdalen, but since he was already married with Georgiana Creed, he took her as his common-law wife for the rest of his life. She gave birth to a large number of children, 10 of whom were raised under the name of Neville and survived after Sandys' death.
She modeled for many paintings and drawings (both for Sandys and his sister Emma), such as Proud Maise, Helen of Troy, Perdita, Love's Shadows, etc.

Mary Emma Jones, by Emma Sandys

Mary Magdalene

Helen of Troy

Love's Shadow


Proud Maise

1204) Donald Sandys Wunsch

Donald Frederick Sandys Wunsch (1887 – 1973). English-born New Zealand chemical engineer and factory manager.
In the 1957 New Year Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his role as chairman of the Advisory Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
In 2010, IChemE in New Zealand instituted the annual Kennedy-Wunsch lecture, in recognition of the pioneering roles that both Wunsch and Miles Kennedy played in the development of chemical engineering in New Zealand.

- "With his red hair and beard and piercing blue eyes, chemical engineer Donald Sandys Wunsch was a distinctive figure in Edendale..."…/photogra…/39814/donald-sandys-wunsch

- "A tall, thin man with a shock of red hair, a bushy red beard and very blue, intelligent eyes, Donald Sandys Wunsch wore small glasses, English tweed knickerbockers, and was rarely seen without a pipe in his mouth.…/biographies/4w28/wunsch-donald-fred…

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

1203) Rudy Vallée

Hubert Prior "Rudy" Vallée (1901 – 1986). American singer, actor, bandleader, and radio host. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.
His father was of Canadian origins and his mother of Irish origins.
After graduation, he formed Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees, having named himself after saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. He became one of the first crooners. Singers needed strong voices to fill theaters in the days before microphones. Crooners had soft voices that were suited to the intimacy of radio. Vallée's trombone-like vocal phrasing on "Deep Night" would inspire Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments.
Vallée was one of the first celebrity pop stars. Flappers pursued him wherever he went and his live appearances were usually sold out.
In 1929, Vallée made his first feature film, The Vagabond Lover for RKO Radio. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity. While his initial performances were rather wooden, his acting greatly improved in the late 1930s and 1940s, and by the time he began working with Preston Sturges in the 1940s, he had become a successful comedic supporting player. He appeared opposite Claudette Colbert in Sturges's 1942 screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story. Other films in which he appeared include I Remember Mama, Unfaithfully Yours and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

- "His body had thickened a bit, but his eyes were alive and when he smiled, which was often, it was the familiar Vallee smile, consuming his face under a swatch of thinning but still very red hair.…/…

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

1202) Sandy Powell

Albert Arthur Powell ( 1900 – 1982), known as Sandy Powell. English comedian best known for his radio work of the 1930s and for his catchphrase "Can you hear me, mother?".
In the 1930s he began to work on the radio, always introducing his show with the catchphrase "Can you hear me, mother?". Powell said that the catchphrase originated on an occasion when he had dropped his script and was killing time at the microphone while rearranging the pages. It is also attributed to his mother's coercion and her hardness of hearing, during his early career. At his next booking, the theatre manager asked him to say it again as everyone was saying it now. He also appeared in a number of films during the 1930s, usually as himself. In 1939 he was voted the fifth most popular British star at the local box office.
A popular figure, he worked continually on radio, television and pantomime through the 1940s and 1950s.

- "His stage name Sandy came from his red hair."…

- ""Sandy" because of his ginger hair.

- "... rhyme commemorating the red-haired, Yorkshire-born music-hall comedian."…