Sitter: Georgiana (Elizabeth), Viscountess Curzon, later Countess Howe (1860-1906), née Spencer-Churchill.
Biog: Chairman of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospitals Committee; 5th daughter of 6th Duke of Marlborough; m (1883) 4th Earl Howe.
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.
Jewellery and Accessories: -
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 1374 & 1375).
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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.
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).
1. Queen Marie Leczinska (1703-1763); daughter of Stanislaw I, King of Poland; m. (1725) King Louis XV of France.