Sitter: Julia Caroline, Marquise d'Hautpoul de Seyre (d 1950), née Stonor.
Biog: Daughter of Francis Stonor; m (1891) Marquis Pierre Henri Louis Leopold Fernand d'Hautpoul de Seyre, sometime director of the Hyde Park Hotel.
Role: Elsa in Lohengrin.(1)
Date: 3 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "An exact copy of Mme. Rose Caron's costume [see image below].(2) Rose fourreau old white silk, covered with gold embroidery. Manteau of white silk, embroidered with gold, rubies and pearls." (The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71d).
Costume Designer: -
Costume Supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.
Furniture & Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio balustrade; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Pink colouration added to hair on negative.
No of poses: 1.
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Biog: Burke's Peerage (see Camoys); Marquis of Ruvigny, Titled Nobility of Europe, London, 1914; for information on her relationship with the royal family and alleged romance with Duke of York [King George V], see: Sherman's Wife: A Wartime Childhood Amongst the English Catholic Aristocracy, Julia Camoys Stonor, London, 2006 passim.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: (Role only) The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10c; (Costume) The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 56c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71 (with line drawing).
Costume Supplier: The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71.
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 26, (National Portrait Gallery Archives); Arthur Charles Fox-Davies ed., Their Majesties' Court: 1906, London, 1907, pl. LXXXI.
1. Lohengrin, opera in three acts, by Richard Wagner, first performed Weimar, 28 August 1850.
Rose Caron (1857-1930), famous Belgian soprano - created Reyer's Salammbô. (For biographical details, see Jean Gourret, Encylopédie des Cantatrices de l'Opéra de Paris, Paris 1981).