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Neg. No: GP (L) 1375

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.

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 standing.


Costume: -


Jewellery and Accessories: -


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

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

Evidence of photographer at work: Studio light top right-hand corner of plate.


No of poses: 3

No of poses: 3



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


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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: (Studio setting) Dr Stephen Hayward.

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