Sitter: Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire (1833-1908).Biog: Statesman.
Role: Emperor Charles V (1500-1558).
Date: 3 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "...after the picture by Titian. Surcoat black velvet lined satin, sleeves puffed large at shoulders. The surcoat turned back in front with black fur, and ending in fur cape scalloped, black beaded embroidered pattern on end of surcoat. Doublet black Genoa velvet embroidered tiny jet black beads, slightly open on chest, showing white shirt. Black silk trunks slashed with white satin. Hose, black silk high above the knee. Black velvet shoes. Toque black velvet with feather. Black chain and Order of the Golden Fleece round neck. Sword belt, black leather and silver fastenings. Sword, scabbard black leather, oxydised hilt." (The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f).
Costume Designer: -
Costume Supplier: M. Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.
Accessories: Chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece (reported as lent by the Prince of Wales).
Furniture & Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1 (but see also neg. no. 1402).
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Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 25 March 1908, p 11d; (see also Henry Leach, The Duke of Devonshire, London, 1904; Bernard Holland, Life of the Duke of Devonshire, London, 1911
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role & costume: (role and costume) The Daily Chronicle, 3 July 1897, p 7g; The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 9 [illustration] & p 13a; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5f; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9g; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8c; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7b; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12b & 12c; Westminster Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 5a; The Lady, 8 July 1897, pp 43c & 73c; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27b; Black & White, 10 July 1897 p 56a; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 624a; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 48 [line drawing] & 48b; The Graphic, 10 July 1897, p 79a; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 41 [drawing] & 50c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 73c.
Costume Supplier: The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f; The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1989, p 13a; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 56a; The Graphic, 10 July 1897, p 79a; The Sketch, July 14, 1897, p 484b.
Orders, Decorations and Medals: The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 73c, et al (see costume above).
Photographer: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 2, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).