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: Marie Antoinette.(1)
Date: 1st April 1901.
Occasion: Advance publicity photographs for A Royal Necklace, a play in four acts by Pierre and Claude Breton, produced by Lillie Langtry for the re-opening of the Imperial Theatre, 22 April 1901.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Costume: Costume worn in Act III.(2)
Costume Designer & Supplier: M.M. Bianchini (of the National Opera) or Worth, of Paris; Wigs by Clarkson.(3)
Furniture & Props: 2 painted backdrops; Louis XV style giltwood canapé; Louis XV style giltwood footstool.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1.
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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, ; E. Dudley, The Gilded Lily, London, 1958. Role: The Era, 27 April 1901, p 13a. Occasion: Play programme (production file at the Theatre Museum); The Sketch, 17 April 1901, p 495 and 24 April 1901 p 24; The Era, 27 April 1901, p 13a.
Costume: The Sketch, 17 April 1902, p 495.
Costume Designer and Supplier: The Era, 27 April 1901, pp 12a & 13a; Play programme (production file at the Theatre Museum).
Reproduced: Madame, 27 April 1901, p 183; (version) The Sketch, 17 April 1901, p 495; (version) The Ladies' Field, 27 April 1901, p 300; (version) The Candid Friend, 19 October 1901, front page.
1. Lillie Langtry also played the part of Mlle. Oliva in the same play, (see: The Sketch, 17 April 1901, front page; The Era, 27 April 1901, pp 12e & 13a; Madame, 27 April 1901, p 183).
2. "In the Trianon scene Mrs Langtry's gown is a very striking one. White satin composes the petticoat, with rare lace festooned upon it, among strings of diamonds and pearl and diamond embroidery. Then there is a train of cloth of silver lined with rose-hued tissue and decorated with stiff little loops and tabs, all embroidered to match the petticoat. The turban head-dress worn upon the elaborately coiffered head is of pink silk, wreathed with a lace scarf, which falls far over the shoulders, and there are nodding plumes on high of soft white ostrich." (The Era, 27 April 1901, p 12a)
3. The play programme also states that other costumes for this production were also designed and executed by Messrs. L. & H. Nathan.