Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell (British, 1873–1938)
Gelatin silver print
8.8 x 6.3 cm (3 7/16 x 2 7/16 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Not on view
Rebelling against the narrow values of upper-class Edwardian society, Lady Ottoline Morrell, an eccentric hostess to Bloomsbury, surrounded herself in London and on her estate at Garsington with a large circle of friends including Bertrand Russell, W. B. Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and E. M. Forster. These images of an improvised dance show Lady Ottoline’s ten-year-old daughter, Julian, and her slightly older companions embroiled in a naked whirl, pagan in its exuberance, that reflects the emancipated attitudes of the photographer’s circle.
Dorothy Brett Estate; [Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago, Nov. 21, 1985]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.
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