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Gertrude Lawrence as the Muse of Comedy

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)
    ca. 1998 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Madame Yevonde, born 1893 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pigment transfer print

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 642

Physical description

A colour photograph of a seated woman playing a guitar which covers her bare chest. Her right forearm is encircled with a chain of daisy blooms. A dotted veil is held on her head by a crown of flowers.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)


1935 (photographed)
ca. 1998 (printed)


Madame Yevonde, born 1893 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

pigment transfer print

Marks and inscriptions

Blindstamp: 'PP' and 'Y'
embossed in paper, lower left and right, recto


Height: 600 mm mount, Width: 500 mm mount, Height: 310 mm image, Width: 380 mm image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Madame Yevonde, 'Gertrude Lawrence as the Muse of Comedy', 1935, pigment transfer print, ca. 1998


Photographic paper


Photography; Pigment processes

Subjects depicted

Guitars; Goddesses; Portraits


Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society; Portraits; Musical instruments


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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