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FITZGERALD, LADY
Neg. No: GP (L) 1479
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 06-07-1897

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Sitter: Lady Fitzgerald, née Amelia Catherine Bischoffsheim (d 1947).

Biog: Daughter of Henri Louis Bischoffsheim; m (1882) Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Bt. and 20th Knight of Kerry.

Role: Marie Josephe, Queen of Poland (AD 1737).(1)

Date: 6 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2nd July 1897.

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

Descr: TQL standing.

Costume:

"...the gown being composed of gold satin duchesse, embroidered with emeralds, rubies, and turquoise, opening over an underskirt of dark blue peau de soie, embroidered with masonic gold and fringed; the bodice arranged with zouave fronts, embroidered to correspond, over a vest of old point d'Alencon lace; with this gown was worn the Polish coat of cherry velvet, lined with same colour and bordered with sable, and the hanging sleeves embroidered with gold to match the underskirt. The turban was of velvet and sable." (The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1249b).

 

copyright V&A. Lady Ashburton 1897 copyright V&A. Lady Ashburton 1897
Polish noble lady from
Racinet's Costume Historique
The Turkish Lovers (detail),
attributed to
Jean-Baptiste Huet (1745-1811)
.

Jewellery: (On turban) white aigrette studded with emeralds, ropes of pearls round the neck, and large emerald pendant.

Costume Supplier: Mme Hoban, 27a Cavendish Square, London, W.

Furniture & Props: Painted rococo-style backdrop; studio Persian rug; studio fur rugs.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: Hand rest, supporting sitter's left hand holding scroll, partially visible.

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Burke's Peerage.

Role: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 55, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

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

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

Jewellery: The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1249b.

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

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 55, (National Portrait Gallery Archives); (Version) The Gentlewoman, 4 September 1897, p 5.

1. Maria Josepha Benedikta Antonia Theresia Xaveria Phiippine (1699-1757); eldest daughter of HRE Joseph I; m  (1719) August III, King of Poland [also Friedrich August II, Elector of Saxony]. (Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol I, London, 1977, p 175a.)