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Neg. No: (GP) 1981

Neg. Size: 15"x12"

Neg. Date: 10-05-1899

Sitter: Mrs Joseph Thomas Firbank née Harriette Garrett, later Lady Firbank (1851- ).

Mrs Joseph Thomas Firbank née Harriette Garrett, later Lady Firbank (1851- ).

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Biog: 4th daughter of Rev J.P. Garrett, of Kilgarron and Kellistown, Co. Carlow; m. (1883) Sir Joseph Thomas Firbank (Kt cr 1902); mother of the novelist Ronald Firbank.

Ronald Firbank
Born 17th. January, 1886, in London; died 21st. May, 1926, in Rome.
British novelist.

Full name Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank.

His mother was the society beauty Harriet Jane Garrett. His father was the MP Sir Thomas Firbank (1850-1910) who was also a wealthy company director. His grandfather was Joseph Firbank (1819-86), the wealthy railway contractor.



Note: Odette. A Fairy Tale for Weary People. Ronald Firbank, London, 1905. Written for Firbank's mother, the book was a favourite of Lady Firbank. [Benkovitz A 4.]

Date: 10 May 1899.

Occasion: The Drawing Room, 10 May 1899, summoned to attend.

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

Descr: FL seated.

Costume: Court dress.

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Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

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No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Who's Who [entry on husband]. The Descendants of Capt. Hugh MOORE born about 1762, from County Cavan, Ireland.[]

Occasion: The Times, 11 May 1899, p 10c.

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