MRS CHARLES SWEENEY (MARGARET, DUCHESS OF ARGYLL) AS HELEN OF TROY 1935
Madame Yevonde (1893 – 1975)
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Née Whigham. Divorced Charles Sweeney and went on to marry the 11th Duke of Argyll as his fourth wife in1951. She was purported to be the most photographed woman of her time.
References to classical and contemporary Surrealism pervade The Goddesses series of society beauties transformed into Green and Roman Goddesses, which Yevonde began in 1935. Whilst claiming in her autobiography, In Camera, that her inspiration for the series derived solely from the 18th century painters’ idea of depicting beauties as Greek Goddess, it would appear that the its immediate impetus came from the ‘‘Olympian Ball’’ held at Claridges hotel in London in March 1935.
Madame Yevonde Be Original or Die, The British Council 1998