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Born in 1889, Florence Vivienne Mellish first trained and performed as a singer. On marriage to artist Ernest Entwistle (1877-1963) she took up a successful career as a miniaturist. She began her photographic career in 1934 assisting her husband and son, Antony Beauchamp (1918-1957). When the latter left to set up his own studio, she adopted the name Vivienne and opened her own studio photographing inter alia five successive prime ministers. Other portraits are collected in her autobiography They Came to My Studio (1956).

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