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LANGTRY, MRS
Neg. No: 2197C
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).

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: Possibly as Mrs Trevelyan in The Degenerates, a comedy in four acts by Sydney Grundy, opened the Haymarket Theatre, 31 August 1899. The series of negatives dated 10 November 1899 include authenticated images of Lillie Langtry in a Worth costume commissioned for that production. (See neg. nos. 2193 D, 2194, 2195, 2197A, 2197 C)

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 reclining.

Costume: Velvet-patterned silk satin gown.

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

Jewellery: -

Furniture & Props: Rococo studio set with hinged door; chaise-longue; Louis XV style giltwood footstool.

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

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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