Sitter: Emily (Theresa), Lady Ampthill (1843-1927), née Villiers.
Biog: Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria 1885-1901; 3rd daughter of 4th Earl of Clarendon; m (1868) Odo William Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill, ambassador.
Role: Madame de Lamballe.(1)
Date: 27 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Costume: "...brocade of blue and gold, underdress of blue satin trimmed with real Louis XV lace. Coiffure poudre, with feathers and diamonds." (The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g)
Costume supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.
Furniture and Props: -
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
No of poses: 2 (see also neg no 1502B).
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; The Times, 23 February 1927, p 17.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 56c.
Costume Supplier: The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g.
1. (Marie Thérèse) Louise of Savoy-Carignano, Princesse de Lamballe (1749-1792); confidante of Queen Marie-Antoinette and superintendant of the French royal household; 4th daughter of Louis Victor of Carignano; m. (1767) Louis Alexandre Stanislaus de Bourbon, prince of Lamballe and son of the duke of Penthiève. (Encyclopædia Britannica 9th and 11th eds.)
2. Jewellery may include a coral, crystal and diamond locket with the monogram AEA (Albert Edward, Alexandra) presented to Baroness Ampthill, when Lady Emily Villiers, as bridesmaid to the Prince and Princess of Wales, 10 March 1863 (see The Illustrated London News, 2nd supplement, 21 March 1863, p 239c).