If you have read anything about Dorothy or seen her work recently in the exhibition you will have noticed how she has a way with children in paticular. This was no different at the Studio and Dorothy often asked parents to let her photograph their child without them so she could capture them best.
Phillip Arnold contacted us with such a portrait from the Studio of his daughter Sally Jane Arnold (7th May 1955-16th May 2007), and I think here you can really see how Dorothy has captured the joys of such a childhood. Taken in 1955, Phillip identified the portrait as Dorothy’s as it has the stamp of Studio Alexander on the back and their mark upon the frame.
Phillip actually has a personal connection with Dorothy as he is married to Marjorie Arnold the daughter of Tom Swan, the head of the Ministry of Information for whom Dorothy gave a number of talks, Tom also helped Dorothy’s family in their attempts to come to England. Phillip tells us Sally was Tom’s granddaughter and proud to be such.
Phillip was also kind enough to dig out some other family photographs which have been confirmed as being taken by Dorothy by the lady herself. Phillip believes these wonderful images to have been taken in 1957 on the village green at Harefield when Sally was two, in the images alongside Sally is Tom and Jane Swan. Thank you very much to Phillip for being kind enough to share these joyful images, it is wonderful to see another newly discovered example of Dorothy’s early career.