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LANGTRY, MRS
Neg. No: 2195
Neg. Size: 15"X12"
Neg. Date: 10-11-1899

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Sitter: Lillie Langtry (stage name) Lady De Bathe, née Emilie Charlotte Le Breton (1853-1929).
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Biog: Actress-Manager; only daughter of Very Rev. W.C. Le Breton, Dean of Jersey; m. 1stly (1874) Edward Langtry (d.1897), [div. 1897, Lakeport, California]; m. 2ndly (1899) Sir Hugo Gerald De Bathe, 5th Bart.

Role: Mrs. Trevelyan.

Date: 10 November 1899.

Occasion: "The Degenerates", a comedy in four acts by Sydney Grundy, the Haymarket Theatre, 31 August 1899.(1)

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Velvet-patterned silk satin gown.

Costume Designer & Supplier: Worth, of Paris.(2)

Furniture & Props: Rococo studio set with hinged door; Louise XV style giltwood chair.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 5.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Burkes' Peerage; P. Hartnoll (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Theatre, 4th ed., London, 1983; Lillie Langtry (Lady De Bathe), 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, The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat, London, 1989, p 106; Play programme (production file at the Theatre Museum).

Jewellery: -

Reproduced: The Graphic, 16 February 1929, front page; (version) Chic, 24 October 1903, p 325; (versions) Lillie Langtry (Lady De Bathe), The Days That I Knew, London, DATE, opp. pp 56 (incorrectly captioned) & 156.

Acknowledgements: -

1. The photographic session may have been arranged in connection with advance publicity for Lillie Langtry's forthcoming American tour with The Degenerates, opened early 15 January 1900, the Garden Theatre, New York City.

2. The play programme states that the other costumiers who contributed to this production were Louise of 210 Regent Street and Nathan of ..... Wigs by Clarkson.

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