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Neg. No: 2448A-269
Neg. Size: 15x12"
Neg. Date: 25-05-1900

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Sitter: Baroness Graevenitz - possibly Marie née de Siemens.

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Biog: m 1884 Baron George Alexandrovitch de Graevenitz

Date: 25 May 1900.

Occasion: The Court (the Diplomatic Circle), 25 May 1900.

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond St., London.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Russian Court Dress:

"The Russian court dress was exceedingly picturesque and was donned for all bigger occasions. It consisted of amply cut velvet robes over a tablier of white satin; the shape, with its train, and wide, long-hanging sleeves, had something mediæval about it. These robes were heavily embroidered in silver or gold and were of every colour of the rainbow; the richest of all were of cloth of gold or silver.

A halo-shaped cocoshnic with a veil hanging from beneath it inevitably accompanied this costume, so that every woman appeared to have been crowned. This unity of attire made all Russian court gatherings uniquely picturesque, saturating them with colour and brilliance unlike anything else; veritable pictures out of the "Thousand and One Nights," Byzantine in splendour, with all the mysterious gorgeousness of the East. In those days the processional entry of the Russian Imperial family into festive hall or saint-haunted church was a picture once seen never to be forgotten." Marie, Queen of Roumania, The Story of My Life, London, 1934, Vol I, p 95

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Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; painted column; studio chair and footstool.

Baron Graevenitz 1900
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Baroness Graevenitz 1900

Photographer: Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London.

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No of poses: 2.

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Biog: Marquis of Ruvigny, The Titled Nobility of Europe, London, 1914.

Occasion: The Times, 26 May 1900, p 10a.

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Reproduced: (version), Madame, 9 June 1900, front page.

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