28 Beautiful Photos of Famous Beauties Taken by Adolph de Meyer in the Early 20th Century

Born 1868 in Paris and educated in Dresden, French-German photographer Adolph de Meyer joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1893 and moved to London in 1895. He was famed for his photographic portraits in the early 20th century, many of which depicted celebrities such as Mary Pickford, Rita Lydig, Luisa Casati, Billie Burke, Irene Castle, John Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Ruth St. Denis, King George V of the United Kingdom, and Queen Mary.

De Meyer was also the first official fashion photographer for the American magazine Vogue, appointed to that position in 1913.

He died in Los Angeles on the anniversary of his wife’s death Olga de Meyer, 6 January 1946, he being registered as ‘Gayne Adolphus Demeyer, writer (retired)’, and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.

Here below are some of his stunning works that De Meyer photographed from the 1910s and 1920s.

Lady Hazel Lavery (née Martyn), 1910s
Ann Pennington, circa late 1910s
Italian heiress, a muse and a fashion legend Marchesa Luisa Casati with pearls, 1912
Marchesa Luisa Casati, 1912
Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1912
The Silver Cap, 1912
Rita de Acosta Lydigne, 1913
Ruth St. Denis in the Revelation of the Goddess from Omika, 1913
Gertrude Vanderbilt for American Vogue, 1917
Marylin Miller, 1918
Rose Dolores, 1918
Ann Andrews, 1919
Betty Lee, 1919
Betty Lee, 1919
Dolores, Vogue, May 1919
Dorothy Smoller, US Vogue, 1919
Helen Lee Worthing for US Vogue, December 1919
Follies star Helen Lee Worthing, 1920
Former Ziegfield Follies girl and Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels, 1921
Former Ziegfield Follies girl and Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels, 1921
Gloria Swanson, 1921
Marilyn Miller, 1921
Josephine Baker, 1925
Dame Nellie Melba, 1926
Advertisement for Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, 1927
Mlle Boecler, 1928
Girl with umbrella, circa early 1920s
Mary Pickford, 1920

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