Lady Diana Cooper
Viscountess Norwich (1892-1986)

At home, London
21 June 1977

Cooper was a British actress, socialite, author and a legendary beauty of her day.

At first, the Schwartz portrayed her formally, in her sitting room wearing a long, flowing gown. However, ‘because of the high cost of heating’, he recalled, ‘she spends a good part of her time in her bedroom. I said in that case she really should be pictured there. “Doggy”, her constant companion, could not be ruled out of the scene.’

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photos © National Portrait Gallery, London