Sitter: Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, later 7th Marquess of Londonderry (1878-1949).
Biog: Lieutenant, Royal Horse Guards in 1897; Conservative MP for Maidstone, 1906-1915; Under-Secretary of State for Air, 1920-1921; Minister of Education and Leader of the Senate of Northern Ireland, 1921-1926; First Commissioner of Works 1928-1929 & 1931; Lord Privy Seal and Leader of House of Lords, 1935.
Role: Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria.(1)
Date: 14 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "...rich white brocade, embroidered with gold, white satin breeches, and white silk rolled stockings, powdered hair, and white satin hat." (The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10b).
Orders, Decorations and Medals: The French Order of St. Esprit [replica].
Furniture & Props: Painted rococo-style backdrop; studio Louis XV-style carved wood and fabric-mounted folding screen; studio Louis XVI-style canapé and chair; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Stem of clamp visible behind sitter's legs.
No of poses: 3
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 12 February 1949, p 6d & 16 February 1949, p 2a.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: (Role only) The Daily Chronicle, 3 July 1897, p 8a; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9b; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12a; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27a; (Costume) The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10b; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8c; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7f & 8a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4d; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 107b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1248c; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pP 48c & 52 [line drawing]; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 53c.
Orders, Decorations and Medals: The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 8a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 8a.
Furniture and Props: -
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 113, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Acknowledgements: (Props) Lark Mason, Jr, Sotheby's New York.
1. Emperor Joseph II of Austria (1741-1790); Holy Roman Emperor (1765-90); co-ruler with his mother, Maria Theresa, of the Habsburg dominions (1765-80); sole ruler (1780-90).