Sitter: Lady Clémentine Waring, née (Susan Elizabeth) Hay (1879-1964); eldest daughter of William Montagu, 10th Marquess of Tweedale; m (1901) Capt. Walter Waring (1876-1930).
Lady Clémentine Hay (1879-1964) is seen here in the gown she wore to the third Drawing Room of the season, when she was presented by her mother, the Marchioness of Tweeddale.
Although only 19, Lady Clémentine was praised in the press for her editorship of a charity newspaper, City Sparrow, the profits from which were directed to helping the children of the poor. In a sign of the class-ridden society of the time, a newspaper report points out that, although she had a great talent for music and painting, “it is her talent as an editor that is unique, and would, did not her social position preclude, enable her to make a reputation in that capacity”.
For the Drawing Room, Lady Clémentine wears a gown of soft white chiffon embroidered in a delicate tracery of silver. The corsage and sleeves are draped with fine Valenciennes lace and trimmed white plumes. The train of rich duchesse satin, falling from one shoulder, is trimmed with ruchings of white chiffon and feathers. The string of exquisite pearls she wears, at that time would have been both more admired and more expensive than diamonds.
After her marriage, three years later, to a member of parliament, Captain Walter Waring, she became known as Lady Clémentine Waring. In November 1914, she established and administrated the Lennell Auxiliary Hospital for Convalescent Officers in her home in Berwickshire for which she was awarded the CBE from King George V.
Date: 10 May 1898.
Occasion: The Court, 10 May 1898: presented by her mother, Marchioness of Tweedale.
Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL seated
Costume: Court dress:
"Presentation gown of soft white chiffon embroidered in a delicate tracery of silver. The corsage and sleeves were draped with very fine Valenciennes lace and trimmed white plumes and silver gauze butterflies. The train of rich duchesse satin was arranged from one shoulder, and trimmed with ruchings of white chiffon, feathers and silver butterflies" (see: Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 743).
Costume Designer & Supplier: Messrs. Russell and Allan, Old Bond Street, London, W.Jewellery: - Furniture & Props: Rococo-style painted backdrop; Louis XV style giltwood canapé.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Studio assistant on the left; left edge of backdrop visible.
No of poses: 1.
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: Burkes' Peerage; The Times, 17 February 1964, p 15a.
Occasion: The Times, 11 May 1898, p 13d.
Costume: The Court Circular, 14 May 1898, p 410b; The Gentlewoman, 21 May 1898, p 717b; The Ladies' Field, 21 May 1898, p 131a; Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 743.
Costume Designer: Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 743.
Costume Supplier: The Court Circular, 14 May 1898, p 410b; Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 743.
Reproduced: (version, with mother) The Ladies' Field, 21 May 1898, p 433.
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