Enid Lorimer

An unidentified photograph.

 I have in my possession an unlabelled and undated photograph, taken in the UK by a Newcastle upon Tyne Photography studio.
 It is a three quarter length portrait of a glamourous young woman in evening dress. She sits diagonally across a wooden
chair looking directly and confidently at the camera. The pose is deliberately casual.
Her dress is light in colour, and amost sleeveless, drawn in tightly at the waist. It is not low cut, but richly
decorated with lace frills. She wears a necklace, and bracelets on either wrist. Her left hand holds an ostrich feather fan in her lap, while her right elbow rests at shoulder height on the back of the richly carved chair. Her right hand supports her head.
Her face is framed with wavy hair which is neither blond nor dark. Her features are stong, her mouth firm and serious. Her
shoulders, arms and wrists are elegant, but the fingers that grasp the fan on her lap look capable and almost stubby.

This photo was generously given to me by the holder of the Zerffi family archive after we discovered it in 2004 amongst
hundreds of other photos and documents. Many of the others are older and smaller, "cartes de visite", many taken in Germany, some in Switzerland and one in Vienna. while there are amateur photos taken in Germany, England and Egypt and later, South Africa.
Fortunately some had been labelled by one of the family shortly before her death in 1960's. It took many hours of sorting, but eventually we were able to identify or at least locate all but one of the photos.........this one.

So, who was she, and what was her photo doing in this family collection?

 

This website is currently under construction. It is copyright and based on original research by Anne Wolstencroft B. A. (ANU)

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