Hon Mrs Algernon Bourke (1870-1967), née Guendoline Irene Emily
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Only daughter of Hans Sloane-Stanley of Paultons, near Romsey, Hampshire;
m. (1887) Hon Algernon Henry Bourke, 3rd son of 6th Earl of Mayo.
5 July 1897.
The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.(3)
The Lafayette Studio, 179 Bond Street, London, W.
"...drapery gown of white and silver gauze, covered with embroidery
of lotus flowers; the top of gown applique with old green satin
embroidered blue turquoise and gold, studded rubies; train of old
green broche." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 56c)
supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London, W.(5)
A serpent bangle and other items.(6)
and Props: Painted backdrop.
The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
photographer at work: -
No of poses:
3 (see also neg nos 1368-442 & 1368-444).
V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired
Burke's Landed Gentry (see Sloane-Stanley); Burke's
Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London,
Role and Costume:
(Role only) The Daily Graphic, 3 July
1897, p 13a; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12a; The
Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7e; St. James's Gazette,
3 July 1897, p 9b; The Sketch, 14 July 1897, p 484b;
(Costume) The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c;
The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pp 55 [line drawing]
& 56c. (See also The Gentlewoman, 8 January 1898, p
59 & p 47 [line drawing].)
Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection
of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed,
1899, p 137, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
- Acknowledgements: -
The name is hyphenated in Burke's Landed Gentry.
See Gustave Flaubert, Salammbô, 1st published Paris,
1863. Operatic adaptations include Salammbô, Ernest de
Reyer, 1st performed Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, 1890.
- 3. Mrs Bourke wore the costume
again for a 'grand tableaux vivants [sic] and musical burlesque'
at Blenheim Palace, January 1898, (see The Gentlewoman,
8 January 1898, p 59 & p 47 [line drawing].)
- 4. For the pose, see the portrait
called The Hon. Mrs Graham (1775-77), by Thomas Gainsborough,
National Gallery of Scotland since 1859 (National Galleries
of Scotland, London, 1989, p 97).
- 5. For costume sources, see
illustrations of operatic costumes for Reyer's Salammbô,
e.g. L'Illustration, 31 May 1892, p 449 & Le
Costume au Théâtre, No. 9, Paris, 1890-91. See also salammbo.html
- 6. For the serpent bangle
as a fashionable accessory in the 19th century, see Shirley Bury,
Jewellery 1789-1910: The International Era, London 1991,
especially Vol II, pp 753-757. In this context, however, the wearing
of a snake bangle was probably a reference to the erotic snake
dance performed by Salammbô (see chapter entitled "Le serpent"
in Flaubert's novel). For representations of Salammbô's snake
dance in art see Bram Dijkstra, Idols of Perversity. Fantasies
of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture, New York, 1986,