NPG x44640; The studio of Dorothy Wilding by Dorothy Wilding

Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) – Fashion and Society Portraits

(Dorothy Wilding´s studio by Wilding herself. Picture taken in 1920s)

Dorothy Wilding (1893 – 1976) was a noted English society photographer from Gloucester. She wanted to become an actress or artist but this career was disallowed by her uncle, in whose family she lived, so she chose the art of photography which she started to learn from the age of sixteen.

Dorothy Wilding began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson. Wilding was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer for the 1937 Coronation and opened a second studio in New York in the same year. She is best known for her brightly lit linear compositions photographed in high key lighting against a white background.

Dorothy Wilding, by Dorothy Wilding, mid 1920s - NPG P870(13) - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print on tissue and card mount, mid 1920s

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue', by Dorothy Wilding, 1925 - NPG x36720 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil Beaton in ‘All the Vogue’

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925

Anna May Wong, by Dorothy Wilding, 1929 - NPG x26341 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna May Wong

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on card mount, 1929

Aldous Huxley, by Dorothy Wilding, 1930 - NPG x12110 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Aldous Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1930

Dame Gladys Cooper, by Dorothy Wilding, 1933 - NPG x13698 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print on tissue and card mount, 1933

Tallulah Bankhead, by Dorothy Wilding, 1934 - NPG x4363 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Tallulah Bankhead

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1934

Douglas Fairbanks Jr; Gertrude Lawrence, by Dorothy Wilding, 1934 - NPG x46508 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Douglas Fairbanks Jr; Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1934

Vivien Leigh, by Dorothy Wilding, 1935 - NPG x46503 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Vivien Leigh

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1935

Maurice Chevalier, by Dorothy Wilding, 1935 - NPG x5988 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Maurice Chevalier

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1935

Diana Wynyard, by Dorothy Wilding, 1937 - NPG P870(16) - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Diana Wynyard

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1937

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Dorothy Wilding, 1940s - NPG x5691 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1940s

Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding, 27 May 1946 - NPG x25298 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 27 May 1946

Princess Margaret, by Dorothy Wilding, November 1947 - NPG P870(12) - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Margaret

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, November 1947

Noël Coward, by Dorothy Wilding, 1951 - NPG x6934 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Noël Coward

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1951

John Gielgud, by Dorothy Wilding, early 1950s - NPG x30466 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

John Gielgud

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on card mount, early 1950s

Yul Brynner, by Dorothy Wilding, 27 April 1951 - NPG x4846 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yul Brynner

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 27 April 1951

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Dorothy Wilding, 6 April 1955 - NPG x27966 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Dorothy Wilding
toned bromide print, 6 April 1955

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