Sitter: Mrs Walter Murray Guthrie, later Mrs John Alexander Stirling, née Olive Louisa Blanche Leslie (1872-1945).
Biog: Director of the Chelsea Book Club; daughter of Sir John Leslie, 1st Bt; m 1stly (1894) Walter Murray Guthrie, merchant banker and MP; m 2ndly (1914) Lieutenant-Colonel John Alexander Stirling D.S.O., M.C. (div 1920).
Role: 'La Bella' (after Titian).(1)
Date: 5 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: TQL standing.
Costume: "...costume of peau de soie pale blue silk, and pale blue velvet tissé with relevé of gold; bodice of same with bands of blue silk embroidered gold, the bodice ornamented with profusion of diamonds." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 56b).
Costume Designer: -
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio column and balustrade.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1 (but see also neg nos 1324 and 1324A).
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Biog: Burke's Landed Gentry (see Guthrie of Craigie); Burke's Peerage (see Leslie, Bt.); Who's Who (see Guthrie, Mrs Walter Murray).
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: (Role only) (Marguerita Grimani) The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7e; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12a; (Costume) The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 49 [line drawing] & 56b.
Costume Designer: -
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 109, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
1. Titian, Portrait of a Lady, also known as 'La Bella', 1536, Pitti Palace, Florence (see G.C. Argan, The Renaissance, London 1969).