Sitter: Lady Ashburton (1866-1904), née Mabel Edith Hood.
Biog: Eldest daughter of 4th Viscount Hood; m (1889) 5th Baron Ashburton.
Date: 2 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "...gown was of white satin, with a raised design in brocaded white velvet, edged with silver, and finished at the waist with a girdle of diamonds. Her white chiffon veil was bordered with silver embroidery, and her white gloves bore a silver monogram." (Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69b)
Costume Supplier: Mrs. Mason, 4 New Burlington Street, London W.
Furnishings and props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio balustrade; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Reflector screen to left of plate.
No of poses: 2 (see also neg no 1339).
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: (Role only) The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; (Costume) The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10b; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7c; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 107b; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 625a; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 53c; Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, pp. 75 [drawing] & 76c.
Costume supplier: The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 75.
Photog: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black and White, 10 July 1897, p 386.
Reproduced: (Version) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 135 (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
1. Some published reports referred to "Tennyson's Enid". NB Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idyll of Geraint and Enid, 1st published London, 1859, later published in Idylls of the King, London, 1859-85.