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Neg. No: (GP) L 8973
Neg. Size: 12"x10"
Neg. Date: 19-02-1926

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Sitter: Lady Irwin, later Countess of Halifax née Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Onslow (d. 1976).

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Biog: Younger daughter of 4th Earl of Onslow; m. (1909) Edward Frederick Linley Wood, 1st Baron Irwin (cr 1925) & 1st Earl of Halifax (cr 1944), Viceroy & Gov. Gen. Of India 1926-31.

Date: 19 February 1926.

Occasion: -(1)

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 160 New Bond Street, London, W.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Court dress: "Wonderful gown of duck's egg blue, entirely embroidered in crystals and shimmering sequins. The train of shot blue and silver lamé gave a lovely finish to an exquisite ensemble" (The Morning Post, 24 May 1928, p 6a).

Costume Supplier: The Misses Wilson, 51 Grosvenor Street, London, W.

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 2.

Copyright: V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Burke's Peerage; Earl of Halifax, Fulness of Days, London, 1957; S. Gopal, The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, London, 1957.

Occasion: -

Costume: The Morning Post, 24 May 1928, p 6a.

Costume Supplier: The Morning Post, 24 May 1928, p 6a.

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: (version) The Morning Post, 24 May 1928, p 6.


Acknowledgements: -

1. The sitter wore the same court dress for the court of 23 May 1928 (see The Morning Post, 24 May 1928, p 6a). 2 copies of the original negative of 1926 were made at a later date, possibly 1928, for reproduction in the press.