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The Bright Young People at a party

A group of Bright Young Things at Captain Macheacans fancy dress party where guests were instructed to come as a living celebrity. Standing from left: Richard Wyndham as a sculptor Frank Dobson, Stephen Tennant as Queen Marie of Romania, Elizabeth Ponsonby as Iris Tree and Cecil Beaton. Seated from left, Brian Howard, Mrs Sachaverel Sitwell as a sculptors model, Inez Holden and Harold Acton. At the front is Talullah Bankhead as tennis player, Jean Borotra. Date: 1927

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This photograph captures the essence of the Bright Young Things, a notorious group of young, wealthy, and witty individuals who dominated the social scene of the 1920s in London. The image was taken at a fancy dress party hosted by Captain Macheans, where guests were instructed to come as living celebrities. Standing from left to right, we have Richard Wyndham dressed as the sculptor Frank Dobson, Stephen Tennant as Queen Marie of Romania, Elizabeth Ponsonby as Iris Tree, and Cecil Beaton. Seated in the front row are Brian Howard, Mrs. Sachaverell Sitwell as a sculptor's model, Inez Holden, and Harold Acton. At the very front is the enigmatic American actress Talullah Bankhead, dressed as a tennis player, Jean Borotra. The Bright Young Things were known for their flamboyant lifestyle, scandalous behavior, and their rejection of the traditional values and conventions of the time. They were a diverse and eclectic group, with members drawn from various backgrounds, including the arts, literature, and high society. Their influence extended beyond the social sphere, shaping the cultural landscape of the 1920s and leaving an indelible mark on history. This photograph is a testament to the spirit of the Bright Young Things, their creativity, and their irreverent sense of fun. It is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era, a time when the rules were broken, and the boundaries were pushed. The image is courtesy of Mary Evans Prints Online and is a reminder of the enduring allure of the Bright Young Things and their place in the annals of 20th-century history.

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