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Neg. No: GP (L) 1541
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 26-08-1897

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Sitter: John Charles Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden (1872-1943).

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Biog: Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Kent 1905-43; Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron 1942-43.

Role: Duc de Richelieu.(1)

Date: 26 August 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

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

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: -

Orders, Decorations and Medals: Sky blue riband and [replica] Star and Badge of the French Order of St. Esprit.

Furniture & Props: Rococo-style painted backdrop; Louis XV-style carved wood and fabric mounted screen; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W. Evidence of photographer at work: Reflector screen [?], top right corner of plate.

No of poses: 2 (see also neg no cam1541a.html).

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 16 December 1943, p 7.

Role: The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7f; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9b;

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

Costume: -

Orders, Decorations and Medals: -

Reproduced: (Version) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, (National Portrait Gallery Archives), p 272.

Acknowledgements: -

1. Louis-François-Armand du Plessis, duc de Richelieu (1696-1788); Marshal of France, diplomatist and notorious libertine. (For the duc as a dramatic character, see Les premières armes de Richelieu, a play by Jean-François-Alfred Bayard and Philippe-François Pinel Dumanoir, 1st perf., Palais Royal, Paris, 1839.)

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