Sitter: Lady Archibald Campbell (1845-1923), née Janey Sevilla Callander.
Biog: Amateur actress-manager and author; m (1869) Lord Archibald Campbell, 2nd son of 8th Duke of Argyll.
Role: Artemis, Goddess of the Chase.
Date: 2 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "...a clinging peplum of very pale green crepe, hand embroidered in silver round the hem with the ancient Greek scroll. The outer scarf of gauze, falling in multitudinous folds, reflecting mysterious moonlight tints, partly green, partly blue. The quiver, made of ashwood, contained the silver-shafted arrows, and was slung over the right shoulder accross the back by a leather band of the same shade. In the hand she carried a green bow, unstrung, and sandles were worn to match, while on her head beamed the huntress goddess's own symbol, "The Crescent Moon." (The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g).
Jewellery: "Her head-dress consisted of a star of crystal on the forehead, and a crescent moon of mother-of-pearl lit by electric light." Tiaras: A History of Splendour, Geoffrey C Munn, London, 2001, p 217
Furnishings and Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Backdrop holder; 'baronial fireplace' backdrop visible to left of plate behind main backdrop.
No of poses: 1.
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 17 July 1923, p 14c. (See also: Jehanne Wake, Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Unconventional Daughter, London, 1988.)
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role & Costume: The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108a; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1247c; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 51 [line drawing]; Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69b.
Photog: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black and White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.
Reproduced: (Version) The Sketch, 14 July 1897, p 488.