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MILTON, LADY
Neg. No: GP (L) 1391
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: (?)-07-1897

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Sitter: Maud (Frederica Elizabeth), Viscountess Milton, later Countess Fitzwilliam (1877-1967), née Dundas.
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Biog: O.B.E. [cr. 1920]; 2nd dau of 1st Marquis of Zetland; m (1896) 7th Earl Fitzwilliam.

Role: Madame Le Brun.(1)

Date: July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: -

Descr: FL standing.(2)

Costume: "...Empire dress of cream satin, finished at the waist with a jewelled belt, and worn with a long coat, made in golden gauze over mauve satin, and fitting in quite closely to the waist at the back. With this she wore a turban-like headdress or hat of gold gauze and cream satin, with long mauve ostrich feathers drooping over the hair at the back." (The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 624b).

Costume Supplier: Mrs Craig, 19a Brook Street, London W.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop with landscape after Reynolds;(3) studio balustrade; studio Persian rug.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 2 [see also neg no 1391B].

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Times, 16 March 1967, p 16g. (See also Marquess of Zetland, Essayez: The Memoirs of Lawrence, Second Marquess of Zetland, London 1956.)

Role: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 71, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

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

Costume: Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69a; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 624b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1249b.

Costume Supplier: The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1249c.

Reproduced: (Version) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 71, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

Acknowledgements: -

1. Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), French painter.

2. Pose after Gerard Honthorst, Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia, 1642, [NPG Catalogue No. 6362]

3. Backdrop after Sir Joshua Reynolds, Elizabeth Catharine Rivett, Mrs Carnac, (c. 1775), Wallace Collection. (See John Ingamells, The Wallace Collection Catalogue, Vol I, London, 1985.)