LADY Acland, a former Vogue model, Aero chocolate girl, gifted artist and leading light of the well-known Devon family, has died aged 85.
One of the top models of the late 1940s and early 1950s she appeared on the front covers of Vogue and Harpers’ Bazaar.
She worked with many celebrated photographers of the day, including John French and Norman Parkinson. On the catwalks of Paris she also modelled for Christian Dior and other famous fashion houses. Her face was used to promote Lux soap.
Born Myrtle Crawford, she was also one of the Aero girls, whose portraits, painted in oils by accomplished artists, were used in an eye-catching campaign to advertise Aero chocolate, the bubble-filled bars marketed in the early 1950s as “The chocolate for her”.
Brought up on a farm in Scotland she started modelling in a small way, and at a fashion show for her mother’s tweed company in Glasgow was spotted by an editor from Vogue
In 1953 she married Capt John Acland and gave up her modelling career Her husband became Maj-Gen Sir John Acland, a Guards officer who in the late 1970s helped to supervise the handover of power in Zimbabwe.
When he left the Army, they retired to his family home of Feniton Court, near Honiton in where Lady Acland took up painting again, some of her work being exhibited at the West of England Academy and at the Westminster Galleries in London.
She was a gifted gardener, and her expertise at fly-fishing was much admired by Scottish ghillies.
Sir Johndied in 2006, and she is survived by her son and daughter.