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Neg. No: GP (L) 1386A
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 03-07-1897

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Sitter: Mrs Claud George Cole-Hamilton, née Lucy Charlewood Thorold (d 1941).

Biog: Daughter of Reginald Henry Thorold; m (1893) Claud George Cole-Hamilton (great-nephew of 1st Earl of Enniskillen).

Role: Amy Robsart.(1)

Date: 3 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: " brocaded silk, spangled with silver, front studded with pearls; large pointed stand-up collar; trimmed silver pearl girdle; pointed cap of pink, trimmed silver and pearls; long veil of white gauze." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50a).

Costume Supplier: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio Jacobean-style photographer's chair with detachable crest-rail; 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 1386].

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989. 


Biog: Burke's Peerage;

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

Role and Costume: The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50a and p 51 (line drawing); Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 48 (line drawing); The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 138b.

Costume Supplier: -

Photographer: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 160, (National Portrait Gallery Archives). 

Acknowledgements: -

1. Amy Robsart, [Lady Amy Dudley] (1532?-1560); only child of Sir John Robsart, m (1550) Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. (Dictionary of National Biography). See also here