“The Artist’s Wife” (1913): Spencer Gore

The first home of Freddy and Mollie was a flat at 2, Houghton Place, London NW1. In the picture above, Mollie is sitting on the floor of their living room.

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes first performed in London in 1911. Their popularity led to a fashion in artistic and bohemian circles for a side fastening, thigh length tunic based on Russian costume. The dress worn by Mollie in this picture would have been considered avant-garde.

The American dancer Irene Castle (1893-1969) popularised the bobbed haircut in Britain around 1914, though advanced, daring young women in artistic circles had adopted the style slightly earlier.

The sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) in 1913 cut the hair of artist, model, and “Queen of Bohemia” Nina Hamnett (1890-1956) into a bob, so that she resembled one of his statues.

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