Pre 1897 thumbnails

ANDRÉ, A VON
Neg. No: GP (L) 1459
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 14-07-1897

Sitter: Baron Adolf vson Andrť (d 1911).

Biog: -

Role: Benvenuto Cellini.(1)

Date: 14 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London W.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: "...jerkin, brown velvet, with crimson slashes; vest, pink silk slashed with grey satin; low-crowned cap, the brim slashed and puffed with crimson, and embroidered gold; greena nd white feather curling on right side; fine gold chain round neck of shirt." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58b)

Costume Supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London, W.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

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

Evidence of studio at work: Hand holding backdrop, visible to right of plate; photographic equipment with wheels visible on top of steps directly behind sitter; sitter's hair all drawn in.

No of poses: 2 (see also neg no 1457).

1457.jpg copyright V&A
Madame von André 1897 Baron von André 1897 Baron von André 1897

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: The Times, 11 May 1911, p 7c; The Court Journal, 18 May 1911, p 536.

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

Role and Costume: The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13a; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4e; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 52 (line drawing) & 58b.

Costume Supplier: The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13a; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b.

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 130, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

Acknowledgements: -

1. Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) Florentine sculptor and goldsmith; author of an autobiography describing various exploits and amorous adventures, published in 1728 and later translated (English versions appeared in 1822, 1828, 1847, 188 and 1896), German (first translated by Goethe and published in 1798, 1803 and 1872), as well as French. In the 19th century, the life of Benvenuto Cellini was the subject of two ballets and at least nine operas, including Hector Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini (first performed Paris 1838) and Camille Saint-SaŽns' Ascanio (first performed Paris 1890) {RH}.