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Background imageSocialite Collection: Mlle Lantelme, actress drowned in the Rhine

Mlle Lantelme, actress drowned in the Rhine
Mlle Genevieve Lantelme, actress (1883-1911), theatrical portraits, captioned France's most lovely actress, drowned in the Rhine'

Background imageSocialite Collection: The It Girl by George Whitelaw

The It Girl by George Whitelaw
Colour illustration showing an attractive socialite surrounded by attentive gentlemen

Background imageSocialite Collection: Miss Angela Dudley-Ward

Miss Angela Dudley-Ward
Claire Angela Louise Dudley Ward (1916 1999) later Lady Laycock, or Angie, [7] who married in 1935 the commando leader Major-General Sir Robert Laycock by whom she had two sons and three daughters

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs McCorquodale (Barbara Cartland) dressed as champagne

Mrs McCorquodale (Barbara Cartland) dressed as champagne
Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland (1901-2000), married name Mrs Barbara McCorquodale, British novelist. Photographed here in a sparkling champagne dress

Background imageSocialite Collection: Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney (1920 - 1991), New York socialite who became an actress on film and stage, first on stage, then in Hollywood films

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Whighams Ascot Party

Mrs Whighams Ascot Party
A group at a house party held by Mrs George Hay Whigham at her home at Ascot, during Ascot Week. From left, Mr, C. Moore, Miss Margaret Whigham (Mrs Whighams daughter, later the Duchess of Argyll)

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Flash Kellett

Mrs Flash Kellett, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Orlando Kellett and formerly Helen Myrtle Dorothy Atherley, drawn by Olive Snell

Background imageSocialite Collection: Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson
A glamorous studio portrait of Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor (1896-1986), American socialite. Born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, she divorced her second husband

Background imageSocialite Collection: Countess Haugwitz-Reventlow - Barbara Hutton

Countess Haugwitz-Reventlow - Barbara Hutton
Portrait of Countess Haugwitz-Reventlow, formerly Barbara Woolworth Hutton (1912-1979), socialite, heiress and philanthropist, dubbed the " poor little rich girl"

Background imageSocialite Collection: Dorothy Violet Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington

Dorothy Violet Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington (1889-1956), styled Lady Gerald Wellesley between 1914 and 1943, born Dorothy Violet Ashton, socialite, author, poet and literary editor

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Charles Sweeny as Astrae the Star-Maiden

Mrs Charles Sweeny as Astrae the Star-Maiden
Mrs Charles Sweeny, formerly Miss Margaret Whigham and later the Duchess of Argyll (1912 - 1993), pictured as Astrae, the Star-Maiden for the Olympian Party at Claridges on 5 March 1935 in aid of

Background imageSocialite Collection: The Hon. Alicia Browne

The Hon. Alicia Browne, later Alicia Edmonstone (1909 - 1992), only daughter of Lord and Lady Kilmaine. Seventh in a series of Bystander Beauties photographed in colour especially for The Bystander

Background imageSocialite Collection: The Hon. Eileen Nelson Hood

The Hon. Eileen Nelson Hood
A portrait of Viscountess Bridports only daughter, sister to Viscount Bridport. Miss Nelson Hood, reported the Bystander was greatly interested in yachting, dogs and lawn tennis

Background imageSocialite Collection: Countess of Tankerville (Leonora Van Marter)

Countess of Tankerville (Leonora Van Marter)
Lady Paget, formerly Minnie Stevens of New York, American heiress and prominent society hostess. Known as Mrs Arthur Paget before her husband was elevated to the peerage. Date: 1904

Background imageSocialite Collection: Tatler front cover featuring Viscountess Furness

Tatler front cover featuring Viscountess Furness
Thelma, Lady Furness (1904 - 1970), born Thelma Morgan featured on the front cover of The Tatler. Thelma married twice, the second time to Marmaduke Furness, 1st Viscount Furness

Background imageSocialite Collection: Tatler front cover featuring Loelia, Duchess of Westminster

Tatler front cover featuring Loelia, Duchess of Westminster
Front cover of The Tatler featuring a photograph of Loelia, Duchess of Westminster (1902 - 1993), born Loelia Mary Ponsonby

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs and Mrs Charles Sweeny at The Embassy Club

Mrs and Mrs Charles Sweeny at The Embassy Club
Mr and Mrs Charles Sweeny (Mrs Charles Sweeny was formerly Miss Margaret Whigham and later the infamous Duchess of Argyll)

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Charles Sweeny contemplating her portrait

Mrs Charles Sweeny contemplating her portrait
Mrs Charles Sweeny (1912 - 1993), formerly Miss Margaret Whigham and later the Duchess of Argyll, pictured looking at her own portrait in an exhibition of work by the portraitist Molly Bishop at

Background imageSocialite Collection: Iya, Lady Abdy in her Venetian palazzo

Iya, Lady Abdy in her Venetian palazzo
Iya (nee de Gay), Lady Abdy. (1897-1993), Socialite; first wife of Sir Robert Abdy, 5th Baronet; daughter of George de Gay, pictured at her home

Background imageSocialite Collection: Viscountess Castlerosse dressed as a fish course

Viscountess Castlerosse dressed as a fish course
Doris Delavigne, Viscountess Castlerosse, dressed as a fish part of a living Christmas dinner set of fancy dress at the Santa Claus Ball held at the Kit-Cat club on 18 December 1929 in aid of Queen

Background imageSocialite Collection: Margaret Whigham as The Precious One at the Gay Party

Margaret Whigham as The Precious One at the Gay Party
Miss Margaret Whigham, celebrated debutante and it girl, later Mrs Charles Sweeny and then the Duchess of Argyll, whose divorce case in 1963 scandalised the country

Background imageSocialite Collection: Harper's Bazaar - Margaret Lockwood - Molyneux Dress

Harper's Bazaar - Margaret Lockwood - Molyneux Dress
Client: Harper's Bazaar - Margaret Lockwood - location legendary socialite Chips Channon's house at 5 Belgrave Square - Molyneux Dress - February 4, 1942 Date: 1942

Background imageSocialite Collection: Miss Inez Holden. Beatrice Inez Lisette (Paget) Holden (1903-1974

Miss Inez Holden. Beatrice Inez Lisette (Paget) Holden (1903-1974) was a British writer and Bohemian social figure and journalist, also known for her association with George Orwell. Date: 1932

Background imageSocialite Collection: Sir John Lavery at his easel in Palm Springs, painting Doris Delavigne, Lady Castlerosse

Sir John Lavery at his easel in Palm Springs, painting Doris Delavigne, Lady Castlerosse, who is seated on a diving board. Date: 1938

Background imageSocialite Collection: Bridgett Poulett, Jeanne Stourton & Joan Humphreys, Yevonde

Bridgett Poulett, Jeanne Stourton & Joan Humphreys, Yevonde
Front cover of The Sketch with three portraits of socialites by Madame Yevonde. Top left is Lady Bridgett Poulett, right is Miss Jeanne Stourton and bottom left is Miss Joan Humphreys

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mme. Lucien Lelong wearing a Lelong design

Mme. Lucien Lelong wearing a Lelong design
Madame Lucien Lelong, formerly Princess Nathalie Paley, and wife of the dress designer, pictured modelling one of her husbands designs

Background imageSocialite Collection: A group at Murrays including Lady Idina Gordon

A group at Murrays including Lady Idina Gordon
A group at Murrays River Club in Maidenhead, Jack Mays outpost of his Beak Street club in Londons Soho. From left, Jack Gordon, the Countess of Munster, Miss Olga Lynn (famous singing teacher)

Background imageSocialite Collection: Margaret Whigham & Mrs Colclough, Best of Everything Ball

Margaret Whigham & Mrs Colclough, Best of Everything Ball
Miss Margaret Whigham and Mrs Colclough displaying British gloves, stockings and scarves at the Best of Everything Dinner

Background imageSocialite Collection: Margaret Whigham at the British Porcelain Ball

Margaret Whigham at the British Porcelain Ball
Margaret Whigham (1912 - 1993), British society figure, debutante of the year in 1930. Later Mrs Charles Sweeny, after marrying the American golfer, and then Duchess of Argyll

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Charles Sweeny and daughter

Mrs Charles Sweeny and daughter
Mrs Charles Sweeny, formerly Miss Margaret Whigham and later, on her second marriage, Duchess of Argyll, pictured with her daughter Frances

Background imageSocialite Collection: Jewels of Empire Ball - Lady Diana Cooper

Jewels of Empire Ball - Lady Diana Cooper
Lady Diana Cooper (nee Manners), leader of the Diamond group at the Jewels of Empire Ball, held at the Park Lane Hotel in aid of Enham Village Centre for Disabled Ex-Service Men

Background imageSocialite Collection: Ava Lowle Willing, Lady Ribblesdale

Ava Lowle Willing, Lady Ribblesdale (1868-1958), American socialite, wife of Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale. late 19th century

Background imageSocialite Collection: Princess Pauline von Metternich, Austrian socialite

Princess Pauline von Metternich, Austrian socialite
Princess Pauline von Metternich (nee Countess Pauline Sandor de Szlavnicza, 1836-1921), Austrian socialite. She married her uncle, Prince Richard von Metternich, Austrian ambassador to France

Background imageSocialite Collection: Miss Elizabeth Asquith

Miss Elizabeth Asquith
A portrait painting of Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Asquith Bibesco, an English woman who was to become a socialite, actress and writer

Background imageSocialite Collection: Mrs Christa Brassey

Mrs Christa Brassey
Christa Brassey (1909-1986) was born Dorothea Christa Baronin von Bodenhausen. Here she is being celebrated for her talents as a linguist and aviatrix. Date: 1939

Background imageSocialite Collection: Portrait of a Miss Gebhard

Portrait of a Miss Gebhard
Miss Gebhard, an American whose family appear to have taken residence at Corsham Court in Wiltshire. Date: 1910

Background imageSocialite Collection: Advertisement for Matita Ltd, clothing, with Mrs Balfour and two lurchers, fashion studio portrait

Advertisement for Matita Ltd, clothing, with Mrs Balfour and two lurchers, fashion studio portrait. With description, Pleasantly assured in the matter of clothes

Background imageSocialite Collection: Lady Ravensdale, formal studio portrait with large pearl earrings

Lady Ravensdale, formal studio portrait with large pearl earrings. With description, A new portrait of Lady Ravensdale, the eldest of the late Marquess Curzon of Kedleston's three daughters; she

Background imageSocialite Collection: Yvonne Fitzroy, actress, theatrical portrait in costume in The Arcadians, Shaftesbury Theatre

Yvonne Fitzroy, actress, theatrical portrait in costume in The Arcadians, Shaftesbury Theatre. Captioned, Arcadian with wine glass'. From an article, London Night's Entertainments'

Background imageSocialite Collection: Page from The Tatler reporting on the coming out dance of Christine Sekers

Page from The Tatler reporting on the coming out dance of Christine Sekers, daughter of Miki Sekers. The event was held at Syon Park where a nightclub was created by with moss-covered castellated

Background imageSocialite Collection: Margaret Thesiger (1911-1991) youngest daughter of Frederic Thesiger

Margaret Thesiger (1911-1991) youngest daughter of Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford. Following her marriage to John Goldman (Monck), she became the photographer Margaret Monck. Date: 1924

Background imageSocialite Collection: Familiar Faces, Brilliant Brunettes by Pat Charles

Familiar Faces, Brilliant Brunettes by Pat Charles
A sextet of well-known society women who happen to have brunette hair. Top left, model Hilary Charles, sister of the artist Pat Charles, top right Lady Pamela Smith, daughter of Lord Birkinhead

Background imageSocialite Collection: MMe, Drake-Exner wearing in a dress of her own design

MMe, Drake-Exner wearing in a dress of her own design
Madame Drake-Exner, formerly Evelyn Boyriven, Parisian socialite, pictured wearing a simple patterned day dress of her own design, with a severe felt hat and snake belt. Date: 1929

Background imageSocialite Collection: Sketch cover, Marquise de Casa Maury (Paula Gellibrand)

Sketch cover, Marquise de Casa Maury (Paula Gellibrand)
Front cover of The Sketch featuring Paula Gellibrand, wife of the 1st Marquis de Casa Maury (1898-1986), socialite, pictured wearing a simple

Background imageSocialite Collection: Barbara Cartland

Barbara Cartland
Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland (1901-2000), married name Mrs Barbara McCorquodale, prolific British novelist, though the Tatler describes her here as, " the pretty daughter of Mrs Cartland

Background imageSocialite Collection: Dickie Gordon and Walter Crisham at Eden Roc

Dickie Gordon and Walter Crisham at Eden Roc
Dorothy Mary " Dickie" Fellowes-Gordon (3 August 1891 11 August 1991) Scottish socialite, coal industry heiress and singer, companion of Elsa Maxwell

Background imageSocialite Collection: Fortnum & Mason fashion ad - Mrs Philip Kindersley

Fortnum & Mason fashion ad - Mrs Philip Kindersley
Advertisement for a ready-to-wear suit in pale green wool tweed with white revers from Fortnum & Mason, modelled by society beauty, Mrs Philip Kindersley

Background imageSocialite Collection: Beauty, brains and breeding 1919

Beauty, brains and breeding 1919
Photographs of society women in 1919, (left to right): Margaret Sheila Mackellar Chisholm (1895 -1969), Lady Loughborough, Australian born wife of Francis Edward Scudamore St Clair-Erskine



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