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Neg. No: GP (L) 1517 B
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 30-07-1897

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Sitter: Victor Christian William Cavendish, later 9th Duke of Devonshire (1868-1938).

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Biog: Liberal Unionist MP for West Derbyshire 1891-1908, Governor-General of Canada 1916-1921, Colonial Secretary 1922-1924.

Role: Ambassador Jean de Dinteville.(1)

The National Gallery Complete Illustrated Catalogue


Date: 30 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

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

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: " velvet Tudor coat and a cerise shirt, slashed and puffed with cream-coloured satin, the reverse of the coat faced with light-hued fur, and wearing a little quaintly-fashioned black cap." (The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10c).

Orders, Decorations and Medals: Chain and medallion representing the French Order of St. Michel.

Furniture and Props: Painted backdrop and floor-cloth.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: Top and left edge of backdrops; base of clamp visible behind sitter's feet.

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 7 May 1938, p 17.

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

Role and Costume: (Role only) Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 8b; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; Court Journal, 10 July 1897, 1248b; (Costume) Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10c; Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pp 53 [line drawing] & 56a; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 70c.

Orders, Decorations and Medals: M. Levey, National Gallery Catalogue: The German School, London, 1959, pp 46-54.

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 43. (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

Acknowledgements: -

1. Jean de Dinteville (1504-1555), after The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533. [National Gallery since 1890]. (See M. Levey, National Gallery Catalogue: The German School, London, 1959, pp 46-54.)