Sitter: Lillie Langtry, stage name of Lady De Bathe, née Emilie Charlotte Le Breton (1853-1929).
Biog: Actress-Manager; only daughter of W.C. Le Breton, Dean of Jersey; m. 1stly (1874) Edward Langtry (d 1897), [divorced 1897, Lakeport, California]; m. 2ndly (1899) Sir Hugo Gerald De Bathe, 5th Bt.
Role: Mrs. Trevelyan.
Date: 10 November 1899.
Occasion: The Degenerates, a comedy in four acts by Sydney Grundy, opened Haymarket Theatre, 31 August 1899.(1)
Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL reclining.(2)
Costume: Velvet-patterned silk satin gown.
Costume Designer & Supplier: Worth, of Paris.
Furniture & Props: Rococo studio set with hinged door; chaise-longue.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 5.
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Biog: Burkes' Peerage; P. Hartnoll (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Theatre, 4th ed., London, 1983, pp 472-3; L. Langtry, The Days That I Knew, London, DATE; E. Dudley, The Gilded Lily, London, 1958.
Role: The Era, 2 September 1899, p 13a; The Stage, 7 September 1899, p 14a.
Occasion: Play programme (production file at the Theatre Musem); The Era, 2 September 1899, p 13a; The Stage, 7 September 1899, p 14a; The New York Times, 16 January 1900, p 7a; E. Dudley, op. cit., chapter 12.
Costume: E.A. Coleman, The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat, London, 1989, p 106.
Costume Designer & Supplier: The Sketch, 23 August 1899, p 182; The Stage, 7 September 1899, p 14e; E.A. Coleman, op cit, p 106; Play programme (production file at the Theatre Museum).
Reproduced: (versions) Chic, 24 October 1903, p 325; Lillie Langtry (Lady De Bathe), The Days That I Knew, London, DATE, opp. pp 56 (incorrectly captioned) & 156; The Graphic, 16 February 1929, front page.
1. The photographic session may have been arranged in connection with advance publicity for Lillie Langtry's forthcoming American tour with The Degenerates, opened 15 January 1900, the Garden Theatre, New York City.
2. For the iconography of this pose see Goya's The Dressed Maya and The Nude Maya, c. 1800, Prado Museum (catalogue nos. 741 & 742)