Ethel Warwick

Ethel Maude Warwick (13 October 1882 – 12 September 1951) was a British stage actress. She later appeared in several films.[1]

Ethel Warwick
Portrait from 1924
Born13 October 1882
Died12 September 1951 (1951-09-13) (aged 68)
OccupationArtists model, Actress
Years active1900–1936

Early life

Ethel Maude Warwick was the daughter of Frank and Maude, born in Hardingstone, Northampton on 13 October 1882. Her education began in Margate and Hampstead, but by the early 1890's she was studying to become an artist at the London Polytechnic. She became an artists model to help pay her tuition there, which led to her meeting Herbert Draper, who used her as a model for several of his paintings, including The Lament for Icarus.[2] Through him she became a favoured model for several artists, including John William Godward, who painted several portraits of her, and Linley Sambourne, for whom she posed nude in a series of photographic studies.[3] She was also sketched by James McNeill Whistler.


She began training as an actress at Henry Neville's acting school in the late 1890's, and first appeared on stage at the Grande Theatre in Fulham in July 1900 as Emilie de L'Esparre in The Corsican Brothers.[2]

She died in a Bognor Regis nursing home on 12 September 1951[4].

Selected filmography

Appearances in art


  1. Low p.279
  2. Toll, Simon (Autumn 2001). "Ethel Warwick (1882-1951), artist's model and actress: The life and career of a real-life Trilby". The British Art Journal. 3 (1): 51–55. JSTOR 41614356.
  3. "John William Godward- Study of a head in drapery, Miss Ethel Warwick". Sothebys. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. "Obituary-Ethel Warwick- Actress of wide range". The TImes. 13 September 1951. Gale Document Number: CS103238957. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  5. "Keepers of Youth (1932)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. "Letting in the Sunshine (1933)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  7. "The Man Outside (1933)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  8. "Hydrangeas - Object Detail (PD.185-1975, id:3)". The Fitzwilliam Museum. 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  9. "Ethel Warwick asleep on a sofa-The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 1 April 2019.


  • Low, Rachael. The History of British Film The History of the British Film 1914 - 1918. Routledge, 2013.

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