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BEDFORD, DUCHESS OF
Neg. No: GP (L) 1693E
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 10-05-1898

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Sitter: Mary du Caurroy Duchess of Bedford, née Tribe (1865-1937).

Biog: D.B.E. (cr. 1928); Member of the Society of Radiographers; made record flight to India and back (1929) and to the Cape and back (1930); obtained pilot's 'A' licence in 1933; 2nd daughter of Ven. Walter Harry Tribe, Archdeacon of Lahore; m. (1888) Lord Herbrand Arthur Russell, later 11th Duke of Bedford (1858-1937).

Date: 10 May 1898.

Occasion: Present at the Drawing Room, 10 May 1898.

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

Descr: FL seated.

Costume: Court dress:

"Court gown of ivory duchesse satin; corsage embroidered with violets, brilliants and Rhine stones, and draped on one side with Honiton lace, and corselet of gold and jewelled embroidery; petticoat made with panels of the embroidery, opening on one side showing cascades of lace; Court train of petunia velvet, lined ivory duchesse satin, made from the shoulders and turned over at one corner with velvet emroidery, same design as gown and large white plumes caught up with lace. The Honiton lace was made specially for this gown" (see: The Court Circular, 14 May 1898, p 410a).

Costume Designer & Supplier: Madame Julie Swaebe, 9 New Burlington Street, London.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted rococo style backdrop; x-shape chair with arms; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; Who's Who.

Occasion: The Times, 11 May 1898, p 13e.

Costume: The Court Circular, 14 May 1898, p 410a; The Ladies' Field, 21 May 1898, p 429b; Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, pp 742b & 750 (line drawing).

Costume Designer: Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 742b.

Costume Supplier: The Court Circular, 14 May 1898, p 410a; Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 742b.

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: The Ladies' Field, 21 May 1898, p 431.