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Neg. No: 2439
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 25-05-1900

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Sitter: Hon. Mrs. Robert Devereux, later Viscountess Hereford née Ethel Mildred Shaw (d.1945) and Miss Mabel Alves ( ).

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Biog: (Hon. Mrs Devereux) Younger daughter of John Shaw, of Weburn Hall, Yorks; m. (1892) Robert Charles, 17th Viscount Hereford, s.(1930).

Date: 25 May 1900.

Occasion: The Drawing Room, 25 May 1900: Miss Mabel Alves presented by Hon. Mrs. Devereux.

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

Descr: (Hon. Mrs. Devereux) FL seated; (Miss M. Alves) FL standing.

Costume: Court dresses:

(Hon. Mrs. Devereux) "...gown of black chantilly lace was trimmed with lace insertions, closely pailletted; the bodice was trimmed with garlands of roses and Neapolitan violets; the soft black train was profusely trimmed with chiffon and draped with Brussels point" (see: The Queen, 2 June 1900, p 896c).

(Miss M. Alves) "Court gown, a charming example of the prevailing Empire style, of soft soie de Chine, arranged with a lovely bordering of embossed velvet in soft colourings and entredeux of soft lace over frou frou petticoat of white chiffon, with a faint blush of pink showing through; Court train of satin duchesse, having a garland of roses falling from the huge bow of satin from which the train was hung" (see: The Court Journal, 26 May 1900, p 780a).

Costume Designer & Supplier: (Miss M. Alves) Viola, 27 Albemare Street/Bond Street, London.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; Jacobean style armchair.

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: (Hon. Mrs. Devereux) Burke's Peerage.

Occasion: The Times, 26 May 1900, p 10a.

Costume: (Hon. Mrs. Devereux) The Queen, 2 June 1900, p 896c; (Miss M. Alves) The Court Journal, 26 May 1900, p 780a; The Lady, 31 May 1900, p 836; The Queen, 2 June 1900, p 900a.

Costume Designer & Supplier: (Miss M. Alves) The Court Journal, 26 May 1900, p 780b.

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: (version, Hon. Mrs. Devereux only) The Ladies' Field, 2 June 1900, p 527; (version, Hon. Mrs. Devereux only) Madame, 9 June 1900, p 671; (version, Miss M. Alves only) Madame, 9 June 1900, p 671.