Sitter: The Hon William Reginald Fitzwilliam (1862-1906).
Biog: 8th son of 6th Earl Fitzwilliam.
Role: Admiral Lord Nelson [1758-1805].
Date: 7 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Replicas of the star of the Order of the Garter(1) and the star of the (Turkish) Order of the Crescent.
Furniture & Props: Painted seascape backdrop; broken column.
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 1418-839].
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Biog: Burke's Peerage.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Costume: The Westminster Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 5a.
Costume Supplier: -
Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Nelson's orders etc.) J.K. Laughton, The Nelson Memorial, London, 1896, pp 330-2; Mathan, The Life of Nelson, London, 1898, Vol [? ck], p 285; C. Oman, Nelson, London, 1947, pp 394 & 502; Major L.L. Gordon, British Battles and Medals, London 1971, p 14; D. Walder, Nelson, London, 1978, p 212.
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 37, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Acknowledgements: (Orders etc.) David Bownes.
1. Nelson was not actually awarded the Order of the Garter. In this position Nelson wore the star of the Order of the Bath (awarded 1797). For a correct representation of orders and decorations worn by Nelson at the height of his career, see John Keegan and Andrew Wheatcroft, Who's Who in Military History, London, ?, illustration p 246.