Pre 1897 thumbnails

Neg. No: (GP) (L) 1342
Neg Size: 15"x12"
Neg Date: 03-07-1897

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Sitters: Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill (1869-1935), and  Lady Ampthill, née Lady Margaret Lygon (1874-1953)


Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill (1869-1935), and Lady Ampthill, née Lady Margaret Lygon (1874-1953)


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(Lord Ampthill) Knight of King Arthur's Round Table.

(Lady Ampthill) Lady-in-Waiting at the Court of King Arthur.

Date: 2 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.

Descr: FL.


(Lord Ampthill) "...white surcoat, with three lions rampant embroidered in scarlet, chain armour on the arms and legs" (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58c);

(Lady Ampthill) "...gown of green Liberty satin over an underdress of silver satin brocade. A long veil of white gauze... over the head, and the sleeves... laced up with silver cords." (The Lady, 8 July, 1897, p 46c)

Costumes Supplier: J. Simmons & Sons, 35 Haymarket, London W.

Jewellery: Jewelled girdle; tiara of diamond pansies.

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop with 'baronial fireplace'; Jacobean-style photographer's chair with detachable crest-rail; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 2 [See also neg no 1345].

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(Lord Ampthill) Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 8 July 1935, p 16a.

(Lady Ampthill) Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 13 December 1957, p 13b & 24 December 1957, p 9b.

Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.

Role and Costume:

(Lord Ampthill) The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4d; The Morning Post, 8 July 1897, p 8a; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50a & p 58c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76c.

(Lady Ampthill) The Lady, 8 July 1897, p 46c & p 45 [drawing]; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58c & p 51 [drawing]; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 53c & p 48 [drawing]; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 138b.

Costume Supplier: (Lord Ampthill) The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13b. (Lady Ampthill) The Lady, 8 July 1897, p 46c

Jewellery: (Lady Ampthill) The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 138b.

Photog: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black and White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.

Reproduced: The Graphic, 10 July 1897, p 78; (Version, Lord Ampthill alone) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, (National Portrait Gallery Archives), p 220; (Lady Ampthill alone) ibid, p 219.