Lulworth Cove, 1913, in colour

Mervyn O'Gorman early colour photo 1913

This stunning image by Mervyn O’Gorman was taken in 1913 at Lulworth Cove using early colour film – there are more images here, if you have access to Facebook.

There has been some mystery over the years about the identity of ‘Christina’ – but last year the answer was revealed. She’s Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan, who was born in Harrow in 1897 and died in 1981.

She was the daughter of prominent philosopher Edwyn Robert Bevan, a writer on comparative religion and lecturer at King’s College, London.

Judging by the misty quality of the water, this image required a long exposure, despite the bright day – but this was early in the development of photography.

The identity of the boat, who built her and who used her, however, will likely remain a mystery.

My thanks to Buster Burgess, a fine doggie friend, for alerting me to this one.

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