Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda

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Henry Dermot Ponsonby Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda (born 1937) is a British photographer known professionally as Derry Moore. He inherited the title of Earl of Drogheda from his father, Charles Moore, 11th Earl of Drogheda (1910-1989). His mother was the former Joan Eleanor Carr (died 1989).

Education and career

Moore was educated at Eton then studied painting at Oskar Kokoschka's School of Seeing in Salzburg, Austria.[1] After working briefly as a travel agent in New York City, he took photography lessons from British photographer Bill Brandt.[1]

Moore began his professional career in 1973, with a commission from the American magazine Architectural Digest.[1] He photographed The Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry in 1992. His portrait, taken at Kensington Palace, was used by the Princess on her Christmas cards for that year.[1] Moore has also photographed Queen Elizabeth II, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Indira Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, David Bowie, Iman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as many other personalities.[2]

Moore is now a leading photographer of architectural interiors and an illustrator of books, and has had portraits published in Country Life and Vogue. He has thirty-seven portraits in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.


Personal life

Moore has been married to:

  • Eliza Lloyd (died 7 May 2008). She was the only daughter of Stacy Barcroft Lloyd Jr. and his first wife, the former Rachel Lambert; a stepdaughter of American banker and art collector Paul Mellon; and a great-granddaughter of Jordan Wheat Lambert, co-inventor of Listerine mouthwash.[3] They married on 15 May 1968 and divorced in 1972.[3] Caroline Kennedy was a flower girl at the couple's wedding, and John F. Kennedy, Jr. was a page.[3] Viscount and Viscountess Moore had no children, and she did not remarry.
  • Alexandra Nicolette Henderson, the daughter of British diplomat Sir Nicholas Henderson and his wife, the former Mary Barber (née Cawadias). They married in Paris in 1978 and have three children: Benjamin Garrett Henderson Moore, Viscount Moore (born 1983), the Hon. Garrett Alexander Moore (born 1986), and Lady Marina Alice Moore (born 1988). As Alexandra Henderson, Lady Drogheda has been a producer and editor in the news and current affairs departments of the BBC, BBC1 and Talent TV.[4][5][6]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Daisy Garnett, "At Home With: Derry Moore", The New York Times, 23 November 2006
  2. "An English Room: Derry Moore, Simon Jenkins: 9783791347295: Books". Retrieved 2 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Viscount Moore Marries Eliza Lloyd", The New York Times, 15 May 1968, page 43

External links

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Charles Garrett Ponsonby Moore
Earl of Drogheda