Another artist I have featured, (This one is No-49), to see the rest, click here…
John Alexander Scott Coutts (1902 – 1962), better known as John Willie, was a pioneering fetish photographer and bondage artist working mainly in the F/F genre.
He was born in Singapore and grew up in England. In the 1930s he taught himself how to draw while living in Australia. Around 1935 he began working for a Sydney-based fetish club as an illustrator and photographer. He also bought fetish paraphernalia and photos from Paris dealers Yva Richard and Diana Slip which had an influence on his BDSM artwork. His artistic style uses many elements that the French spanking artist Carlo had used before: Stiletto heels, stockings, tightlaced corsets with either covered, exposed or half-exposed breasts, and a preference for the colours black and red.
Around 1945 he adopted the alias “John Willie” (willie is British slang for phallus) and moved to New York City where he published his bondage and fetish magazine Bizarre from 1946 to 1959.
The magazine included many photographs, often of his wife. Some of the photos published in Bizarre were purchased from Charles Guyette’s burlesque and BDSM equipment store in New York. Willie established contacts in America through the sub-culture social networks created by Guyette. One of those contacts was Irving Klaw, who sold some of Willie’s bondage illustrations in his Manhattan store, Movie Star News, and by mail order.
As a bondage artist, he is best known for his character Sweet Gwendoline, a comic series that first appeared in Wink magazine in 1947-1950. Published largely in the 1950s and 1960s, the series was drawn in a clear, anatomically correct style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew (aka Eneg) and Eric Stanton.
In 1984, a screenplay loosely adapted from the Gwendoline stories was made into a campy, sexploitation adventure movie in France called The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak starring Tawny Kitaen. It was also released as simply Gwendoline.
The first half of the film is clearly imitative of the Indiana Jones action-adventure format. The latter half of the story takes place in a mythical Amazon-like civilization ruled by domineering women who wear elaborate, fetishistic leather clothing.
There are many scenes of bondage, nudity, and pony carts (that resemble Roman chariots) pulled by teams of human slaves. However, unlike Willie’s artwork, scenes of erotic punishment such as spankings or floggings are conspicuously absent.
This is where I first saw Pony Girls in mainstream films (albeit c grade) which fascinate me! I would love to be sat in one of the chariots in the film, with four girls like in the film with bare backsides pulling me along. You can see a fabulous clip of the Gwendilene film on You Tube.
…just write ‘you tube clip Gwendoline’ in your search engine…
The director, Just Jaeckin, also made the 1975 film based on the well-known sadomasochistic novel Story of O.