Sitter: Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, née Lady Mary Forster (1854-1945)
Biog: Eldest daughter of 7th Duke of Manchester, m 1873 William Alexander Louis Stepehn, 12th Duke of Hamilton (1845-1895) [mother Countess von Alten who married 8th Duke of Devonshire]
Role: Mary of Hamilton, Lady-in-Waiting to Mary Queen of Scots
Costume: "Robe of very beautiful white satin, with old embroidery of gold. Bodice of white satin embroidered gold and studded pearls. Mantle cape of white epingle velvet mancherons, and revers embroidered gold. Chemisette and sleeves of flute silk crepe embroidered gold and trimmed pearls. Fraise and cuffs round neck. Small cap of silver trimmed pearls. Toquet old red velvet with pearl ornament and feather." (The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g)
Costume Supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.
Furniture & Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Hand of assistant holding backdrop visible to right of plate.
No of poses: 1.
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 12 February 1934, p 12 ; Winton Thorpe, ed., Handbook to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (facsimile edition), London, 1988.
Role: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 207, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Costume: The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 10 [line drawing], p 13a; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10b; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8d; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7f; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7c; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12d; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108a; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 54 [line drawing], p 56b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pp 51 [line drawing] & 56b; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 49 [line drawing] & 70b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71d & [line drawing]; The Sketch, 14 July 1897, p 484b.
Costume Supplier: The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13a; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2g; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71.
Photographer: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9; 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 207, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
1. The sitter was the daughter of Louisa, Duchess of Devonshire, (hostess of the ball), who married 1stly (1852) 7th Duke of Manchester and 2ndly (1892) 8th Duke of Devonshire.
2. Possibly costume inspired by portrait of Margaret, Marchioness of Hamilton (d 1626), at Chatsworth. (see Roy Strong, Tudor and Jacobean Portraiture, London, 1969, vol I, p 223.