Sitter: The Hon Mrs R.J. Kennedy, née Bertha Jane Ward (1860-1936); 3rd daughter of 5th Viscount Bangor; m (1883) Sir Robert John Kennedy (1851-1936) (KCMG 1913), diplomat.
The Hon. Mrs R.J. Kennedy (1860-1936), later Lady Kennedy, née Bertha Jane Ward, was a daughter of 5th Viscount Bangor. In 1883 she married her cousin Sir Robert John Kennedy. Her mother, in 1869, earned the dubious distinction of being the first person killed in a steam locomotive accident in the United Kingdom.
Her husband had a long and distinguished diplomatic career. Bertha duly accompanied him in the assignments all over the world and even co-penned with him a book A Journey in Khorasan and Central Asia.
Summoned to the second Drawing Room of the Season on 11 March 1898, the Hon. Mrs Kennedy wears a gown made by Madame Emily Williams of Dover Street London, consisting of a Court train of rose-pink fleur de velour lined with cream satin duchesse and black tulle ruches. Her underdress is of rich dove-grey satin duchesse, embroidered in diamonds and silver sequins, with soft folds of old Brussels lace across the front, and pink velvet trimmings. Her hair is ornamented with a diamond studded band.
After Sir Robert’s retirement, they moved back to their native County Down in Northern Ireland, where they busied themselves with charity activities.
Date: 11 March 1898.
Occasion: The Court, 11 March 1898: presented Mrs. Walter Wilson.
Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "Court train of rose-pink fleur de velour, lined with cream satin duchesse and black tulle ruches; underdress of rich dove-grey satin duchesse, embroidered in diamonds and silver sequines, with soft folds of old brussels point across the front, and pink velvet trimmings; Court plume and lappets" (see: The Court Circular, 13 March 1898, p 241b)."
Costume Supplier: Mme. Emily Williams, 44 Dover Street, London, W.
Furniture & Props: Rococo-style painted backdrop; Louis XV style giltwood canapé; Rococo sideboard.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1.
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: Burkes Peerage.
Occasion: The Times, 12 March 1898, p 10a-b.
Costume: The Daily News, 12 March 1898, p 6d; The Daily Telegraph, 12 March 1898, p 5b; The Court Circular, 13 March 1898, p 241b; The Gentlewoman, 19 March 1898, p 366a; Lady's Pictorial, 19 March 1898, p 376a; The Queen, 19 March 1898, p 500b; The Ladies' Field, 26 March 1898, p 53b.
Costume Supplier: The Gentlewoman, 19 March 1898, p 366a.
Reproduced: (version) Lady's Pictorial, 19 March 1898, p 375; (version, with husband) The Ladies' Field, 26 March 1898, front page.
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