Pre 1897 thumbnails

Neg. No: (GP) 3140
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 14-06-1902

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Sitter: Miss Sheila Cooper ( ).

Miss Sheila Cooper

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(Madeleine) Sheila Cooper (1883-1966), the only daughter and eldest child of Sir Alfred Cooper, a tea merchant, was presented at the Court on 13 June 1902 by her mother Lady Marion Cooper.

Her beautiful white chiffon gown had minute wreaths all over it of chiffon flowers and small roses in natural colours. The train was of pink and white chiffon divided by silver tulle. It was supplied by Mrs. Nettleship of Wigmore Street and embodied the fashion of so-called ‘floral trimmings’, first introduced to Drawing-Room dress by Messrs. Woolland Brothers in 1898.

In 1909, Sheila married an army officer, Francis Gilbert Crompton and had with him two daughters.

The Cooper family’s beloved youngest child, Jack Oliver, was killed in action in 1916 while carrying out a bombing raid in France. His brother, Colin Cooper half funded in his honour the Lido Pavilion in Hyde Park and placed on its wall a commemorating plaque.

Biog: Daughter of Sir A. Cooper.

Date: 14 June 1902.

Occasion: The Court, 13 June 1902: presented by her mother, Lady Cooper.

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

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Court dress:

"...a white chiffon gown with minute wreaths all over it of chiffon flowers and small roses in natural colours; the train pink and white chiffon divided by silver tulle" (see: The Queen, 21 June 1902, p 1047).

Costume Designer: The origins of the fashion of 'floral trimmings' for the Drawing-room dress could be traced back to 1898 Messrs. Woolland brothers design, further developed and carried on for a few more years (see: Lady's Pictorial, 7 May 1898, p 649 [advertisment] & p 668 [text], and The Ladies' Field, 3 May 1902, p XVII [Dickins and Jones' advertisment]).

Costume Supplier: Mrs. Nettleship, 58 Wigmore Street, London.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: (Put ref)

Occasion: The Times, 16 June 1902, p 9d.

Costume: Madame, 14 June 1902, p 595; The Queen, 21 June 1902, p 1047.

Costume Designer: -

Costume Supplier: Madame, 14 June 1902, p 595.

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: -