Neg. No: (GP) L 9242
Neg. Size: 15"X12"
Neg. Date: 22-10-1924

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Subject: Captain and Mrs George Bambridge, wedding portrait.

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(Bride-groom) Captain George Louis St. Clair Bambridge (1892-1943), attaché at British Embassy, Madrid (1922-24), at Brussels (1924-5), reappointed to Madrid (1926-8) and at Paris (1929-33); retired 1933; art collector.
(Bride) Mrs George Bambridge, née Elsie Kipling (1896-1976), only surviving child of Rudyard Kipling; m. (1924) Captain George Louis St. Clair Bambridge.

Date: 22 October 1924.

Occasion: The marriage, 22 October 1924, at St. Margaret's, Westminster.

Location: 93, Eaton Square: residence of Stanley Baldwin, the bride's uncle.

Descr: FL.

Costume: Wedding dress:

"...a gown of frosted-silver lace over deep-cream satin, with the drapery cought at the right side with a cluster of orange blossom; (...) a long train of similar lace over chiffon, and a Russian coronet of orange blossom and green leaves held in place [by] a plain tulle veil" (The Times, 23 October 1924, p 17c).

Jewellery: (Bride) A string of pearls.

Furniture & Props: -

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of related negatives: 3.


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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: (Capt. G. Bambridge) Kelly's, ed. 1929 & 1936; "Paintings in Trust", House & Garden, December 1995, pp 33-36.

Inscription on grave:

In loving and happy memory of George Louis St Clair Bambridge M.C. of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire. Born 27 September 1892. Died 16th Dec 1943. Captain Irish Guards 1915-1918. Attached to Diplomatic Service 1922-1933. E'en as he trod that day to God so walked he from his birth, in simpleness and gentleness and honour and clean mirth. Also of his beloved wife, Elsie Bambridge, born 2 February 1896, died 23 May 1976, daughter of Rudyard Kipling, benefactress to the nation. [Last private owner of Wimpole]. Source: The Churchyard Register, St Andrew's Parish Church, Wimpole.

Occasion: The Times, 23 October 1924, p 17c; The Sketch, 29 October 1924, p 230; The Gentlewoman, 1 November 1924, p 545; Charles Carrington, Rudyard Kipling. His Life and Work, London, 1986, pp 595-96.

Costume: The Times, 23 October 1924, p 17c; The Gentlewoman, 1 November 1924, p 545.

Jewellery: The Times, 23 October 1924, p 17c.

Reproduced: The Sketch, 29 October 1924, p 230; The Gentlewoman, 1 November 1924, p 230.

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