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    @ otto : Thank you, Otto!!!
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    Ann Smith . . . the "Romney type.”

    Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a series of articles written for The Independent and NEA service by Alfred Cheney Johnston, one of the foremost artists among American photographers. Each day he discusses a type of feminine beauty, explain how it best can be enhanced by make-up and coiffure, tells which color schemes and styles of gowns he considers most effective.

    By ALFRED CHENEY JOHNSTON
    Written for NEA Service

    The titian-haired siren has been the subject of countless lores. Historians have recorded how wars have been fought for her; the poet has immortalized her in verse; and her beauty has graced the canvasses of many of the old and modern masters.
    A Iovely titian-haired girl is Ann Smith, whom I photograph frequently. Miss Smith is divineIy tall, with the poise and charm that one associates with the heroines of Romney portraits. Her hair is a delightful shade of auburn. At first glance, the tone of red seems soft and subdued, but glints of pure copper are revealed when the sun touches it.
    Miss Smith has an oval face, a broad brow, faintly arched brows, straightforward, cerulean blue eyes, a small, well-shaped mouth and a straight, little nose with just a suggestion of tIlt. She typifies the gracious, high-born lady. Her skin is opalescent and nature has given her that rich, rose-petal coloring one sees so often with auburn hair.
    Many girls of Miss Smith’s type have not her dark brows and lashes. And since the titian-haired girl relies so much upon her brows to bring out the color of her eyes. I would suggest that a slight application of medium brown pencil be used; but again I advise caution. Never draw a hard, dark line, but apply the pencil gently, even if it is necessary to go over it a second time. A naturelle face powder is best for this type, and a Iight raspberry rouge. Never use orange-tlnted rouges—for they clash with the coppery hair. Nor should a brilliant shade of Iip-rouge be used, for there again is the danger of it interfering with the tone of the hair. They should be kept a dark, natural color.
    This type of girl may wear her hair either Iong or short, but in either case the coiffure should be simpIe and loosely waved. The tall, titian-haired woman wears furs and jewelry exceptionally well, especially if she has a long, graceful neckline. Blue greens and green blues are most flattering and she wears white, black, brown, navy blue and pale yellow to good advantage. Most shades of red and orange are not good, nor are the deep tones of yellow. Pink and rose tones make her complexion look too ruddy. Light gray is exceedingly becoming but the stately, auburn-haired lady, with blue eyes should Include at Ieast one black-and-white costume in her wardrobe

From The Evening Independent, October 19, 1928 (posted on HZG Multiply by Vlad, transcribed here by Otto, thanks!):

Ann Smith...the "Romney type."

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a series of articles written for The Independent and NEA service by Alfred Cheney Johnston, one of the foremost artists among American photographers. Each day he discusses a type of feminine beauty, explain how it best can be enhanced by make-up and coiffure, tells which color schemes and styles of gowns he considers most effective.

By ALFRED CHENEY JOHNSTON
Written for NEA Service


The titian-haired Siren has been the subject of countless lores. Historians have recorded how wars have been fought for her; the poet has immortalized her in verse; and her beauty has graced the canvasses of many of the old and modern masters.

A lovely titian-haired girl is Ann Smith, whom I photograph frequently. Miss Smith is divinely tall, with the poise and charm that one associates with the heroines of Romney portraits. Her hair is a delightful shade of auburn. At first glance, the tone of red seems soft and subdued, but glints of pure copper are revealed when the sun touches it.

Miss Smith has an oval face, a broad brow, faintly arched brows, straightforward, cerulean blue eyes, a small, well-shaped mouth and a straight, little nose with just a suggestion of tilt. She typifies the gracious, high-born lady. Her skin is opalescent and nature has given her that rich, rose-petal coloring one sees so often with auburn hair.

Many girls of Miss Smith's type have not her dark brows and lashes. And since the titian-haired girl relies so much upon her brows to bring out the color of her eyes. I would suggest that a slight application of medium brown pencil be used; but again I advise caution. Never draw a hard, dark line, but apply the pencil gently, even if it is necessary to go over it a second time. A naturelle face powder is best for this type, and a Iight raspberry rouge. Never use orange-tinted rouges—for they clash with the coppery hair. Nor should a brilliant shade of lip-rouge be used, for there again is the danger of it interfering with the tone of the hair. They should be kept a dark, natural color.

This type of girl may wear her hair either long or short, but in either case the coiffure should be simple and loosely waved. The tall, titian-haired woman wears furs and jewelry exceptionally well, especially if she has a long, graceful neckline. Blue greens and green blues are most flattering and she wears white, black, brown, navy blue and pale yellow to good advantage. Most shades of red and orange are not good, nor are the deep tones of yellow. Pink and rose tones make her complexion look too ruddy. Light gray is exceedingly becoming but the stately, auburn-haired lady, with blue eyes should include at least one black-and-white costume in her wardrobe.

George Romney

"George Romney (26 December 1734 – 15 November 1802) was an English portrait painter. He was the most fashionable artist of his day, painting many leading society figures - including his artistic muse, Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson."

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