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Marion Morehouse (1906 - 1969)

The American model was a favourite, during the 1920s and 1930s, of numerous Vogue and Vanity Fair photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Baron George Hoyningen-Huene or Edward Steichen who described her as ‘the greatest fashion model I ever photographed.’ Tall, thin with brown eyes and a narrow face inherited from her native American ancestry, Marion Morehouse was often compared to a Modigliani painting. In 1932, she met the author and painter E.E Cummings whom she would be married to until his death, in 1962. When her modeling career ended, she took on photography herself fueled by her past experience and a modernist aesthetic just like her friend and colleague Lee Miller.

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, Louiseboulanger dress, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, Louiseboulanger dress, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, in beaded Chanel Gown, 1925 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, in beaded Chanel Gown, 1925 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Martha Lober and Marion Morehouse, in silk pajamas by M.Nowitsky and Lelong, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Martha Lober and Marion Morehouse, in silk pajamas by M.Nowitsky and Lelong, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, wearing sequined dress by Cheruit, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, wearing sequined dress by Cheruit, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse modeling outfit in theatrical mask, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse modeling outfit in theatrical mask, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Vionnet, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Vionnet, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Nickolas Muray, Marion Morehouse, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Nickolas Muray, Marion Morehouse, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Nickolas Muray, Marion Morehouse, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Nickolas Muray, Marion Morehouse, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing Chanel at Elizabeth Arden Salon, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing Chanel at Elizabeth Arden Salon, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Vionnet, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Vionnet, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis;
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis;
 Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing masks the illustrator W.T. Brenda, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing masks the illustrator W.T. Brenda, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Cheruit, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Cheruit, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Tappe, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Tappe, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Paquin, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Paquin, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Agnes, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Agnes, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Callot Soeurs, 1924 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Callot Soeurs, 1924 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse modeling outfit in theatrical mask, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse modeling outfit in theatrical mask, 1926 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1925 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1925 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, in Gold and Dark Grey, oil on canvas, 10 x 14 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, in Gold and Dark Grey, oil on canvas, 10 x 14 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, , oil on canvasboard, 10 x 14 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, , oil on canvasboard, 10 x 14 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse in Gray-Green, oil on canvasboard, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse in Gray-Green, oil on canvasboard, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, Rclining nude, oil on canvasboard, 16 x 13 inch.
e.e. Cummings, Rclining nude, oil on canvasboard, 16 x 13 inch.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings, portrait of Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
Cecil Betaon, Lee Miller and Marion Morehouse, 1929 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London.
Cecil Betaon, Lee Miller and Marion Morehouse, 1929 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse , 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse , 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
e.e. Cummings ad Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
Marion Morehouse, 1940's.
Marion Morehouse, 1940's.
Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
Marion Morehouse, 1930's.
Marion Morehouse, 1920's.
Marion Morehouse, 1920's.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, sleeveless dress by Louiseboulanger, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, sleeveless dress by Louiseboulanger, 1927 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
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