click to load Court Dress thumbnails

Pre 1897 thumbnails

Neg. No: GP (L) 1760
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 09-06-1898

copyright V&A

Sitter:  Lady Clarke, née Marguerite Prevost; 2nd daughter of James Prevost, of Livorno; m (1880) Sir Ernest Clarke (1856–1923), Kt. (cr 1898)

copyright V&A

copyright V&A

Biog: 2nd daughter of James Prevost, of Leghorn; m (1880) Sir Ernest Clarke, Kt. (cr 1898), Secretary of Royal Agricultural Society of England, 1887-1905; First Lecturer on Agricultural History at Cambridge University, 1896-99.

Date: 9 June 1898.

Occasion: The Court, 8 June 1898: presented by Mrs. Henri Riviere.

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

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Court dress:

 "Lady Clarke's white brocade was veiled with tulle embroidered in diamond narcissi, and was trimmed with shaded lilac. The bodice was very becomingly arranged with white lace and jewelled net. A shaped flounce of the jewelled net trimmed the skirt, and the lightness of the lace sleeves added to the beauty of the dress. The train was in Sir Peter Lely brocade trimmed with fine Honiton lace, puffings of chiffon and sprays of shaded lilac.”

Costume Designer: -

Costume Supplier: -

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio Jacobean-revival mock staircase; studio Persian rug.


Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 2 (see also neg no 1759).

copyright V&Acopyright V&A

Copyright: V&A

All images on this site are copyright V&A. For further information on using or requesting copies of any images
please contact the V&A Picture Library: including the URL of the relevant page

Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Peerage, 1898 (see section: Knightage).

Occasion: The Times, 9 June 1898, p 7a.

Costume: London Standard, 10 June 1899, p.5

Costume Designer: -

Costume Supplier: -

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: (cropped) Lady's Pictorial, 18 June 1898, p 901.

Additional Information: