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Neg. No: GP (L) 1374
Neg. Size: 12"x15"
Neg. Date: 06-07-1897

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Sitter: Georgiana (Elizabeth), Viscountess Curzon, later Countess Howe (1860-1906), née Spencer-Churchill

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Biog: Chairman of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospitals Committee; 5th daughter of 6th Duke of Marlborough; m (1883) 4th Earl Howe.

Image published in Daisy of Pless: The Happy Years

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Role: Queen Marie Leczinska.(1)

Date: 6 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

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

Descr: FL seated.

Costume: -

Jewellery and Accessories: /tiara [Tiaras: A History of Splendour, Geoffrey C Munn, London, 2001, p 203]

Furniture & Props: Rococo-style backdrop; studio Louis XVI-style canapé; studio Louis XV-style giltwood fauteuil en cabriolé à la reine; studio Louis XV-style carved wood and fabric-mounted folding screen; studio hexagonal Indian inlaid table; studio Persian rug.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 3 (see also neg nos 1374A & 1375).

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Countess Howe Earl Howe and Lady Howe
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Earl Howe and Lady Howe Earl Howe  

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; The Times, 10 February 1906, p 11f.

Role: Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7f; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12a; The Westminster Gazette, 3 July 1897 p 5b; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9b; The Sketch, 14 July 1897, p 484b.

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

Costume: -

Accessories: -

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 170, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

Acknowledgements: -

1. Queen Marie Leczinska (1703-1763); daughter of Stanislaw I, King of Poland; m. (1725) King Louis XV of France.