Pre 1897 thumbnails

click here to load the Devonshire House Ball thumbnails page

Neg. No: GP (L) 1469
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: NONE

copyright V&A

Sitter: Rachel, Countess of Dudley (d 1920), née Gurney.

Rachel, Countess of Dudley (d 1920), née Gurney.

Image displayed in:


1904 postcard of the Countess by LafayetteBiog: C.B.E. 1918; younger daughter of Charles Henry Gurney of Keswick Hall, Norfolk; m (1891), as 1st wife, 2nd Earl of Dudley, Viceroy of Ireland and Governor-General of Australia.

Role: Queen Esther.
Date: July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: -
Descr: FL standing.

Costume: "...Persian dress of white crepe, thickly embroidered in real dull gold. The skirt was bordered with three lines of green embroidery, studded with amethysts, turquoises, and pearls and a chasuble of solid gold tissue, encrusted with jewels, fell from the shoulders to the hem of the skirt. Armlets and bracelets of dead gold set with the same jewels. Head-dress, two veils, the under one white embroidered with gold, and the upper one purple embroidered with gold, crown of dead gold, encrusted with precious stones, and hanging on the forehead were 15 large drop pearls." (The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g).

Costume Supplier: -
Accessories: Fan of peacock feathers, the handle set with silver jewels, and necklace of 12 rows of pearls.

Photographer: -

Evidence of studio at work: Background masked.

No of poses: 1.

Copyright: V&A

All images on this site are copyright V&A. For further information on using or requesting copies of any images please contact the V&A Picture Library: including the URL of the relevant page

Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Landed Gentry (see Gurney of Keswick Hall); Burke's Peerage; The Times, 28 June 1920, p 16c; Chambers, Anne, Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara, Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 2002

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

Role & Costume: The Daily Chronicle, 3 July 1897, p 8a; The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 12c; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 6a; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8d; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7b; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c; The Westminster Gazette, July 3, 1897, p 5a; The Lady, 8 July 1897, p 46a; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27b; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 53a; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 73c.

Costume Supplier:

Accessories: The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g.

Reproduced: -

Acknowledgements: -