Sitter: John Charles Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden (1872-1943).
Lord-Lieutenant of Kent 1905-43; Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron
1942-43. Role: Duc de Richelieu.(1)
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 1541a).
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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.
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.
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.)