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Neg. No: GP (L) 1482
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 22-07-1897

Sitter: Beatrix Jane, Countess Cadogan (1844-1907), née Craven.

Beatrix Jane, Countess Cadogan (1844-1907), née Craven

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Biog: 4th daughter of 2nd Earl of Craven; m (1865) 5th Earl Cadogan, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1895-1902.

Role: Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia.(1)

Date: 22 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W, or the sitter's London residence, Chelsea House, Cadogan Place.

Descr: TQL standing.

Costume: "...a black velvet gown, the full skirt showing a panel of white satin, studded with pearls and diamonds (worked at Lady Duncannon's school); the bodice was plain with large puffed sleeves and ruffles of lace, and a large Vandyke lace collar; two rows of pearls encircled the waist, the collar and sleeves were outlined with them, and other rows were festooned across the bodice." (The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g)(2)

Jewellery: Pearl necklace and bracelets; pearls and diamonds in the hair.

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

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

Evidence of photographer at work:

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Times, 11 February 1907, p 10 & 12 February 1907, p 11.

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

Role and Costume: (Role only) St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9a; (Costume - all identical) The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76b; (drawing) Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 50c.

Jewellery: The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76b.

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 275, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

1. Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (1596-1662); eldest daughter of King James I of England; m (1613) King Frederick I of Bohemia (also Frederick V, Elector Palatine). Queen Elizabeth bequeathed her collection of papers and portraits to her most faithful English supporter, William, Earl of Craven (1606-1697), (of the first creation), and these passed through inheritance to the sitter's father, William, 2nd Earl of Craven (1809-1866) (of the second creation). The sitter's ancestral home was Combe Abbey, where the collection of portraits was housed and where Elizabeth of Bohemia also spent much of her childhood.

2. For the costume source, i.e. the painting by Honthorst, see The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58b, which refers to 'a painting in Lord Craven's collection'. See also Gerard Honthorst, Prince Frederick Hendrik and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, (c 1637), No. 104, Mauritshuis Museum, Netherlands (R. van Luttervelt, The Rijksmuseum and Other Dutch Museums, London, 1967, p 144).