Sitter: Lady Rose Leigh, later Countess of Cottenham, née Nevill (1866-1913).
Biog: 4th daughter of 1st Marquis of Abergavenny; m 1stly (1887) John Blundell Leigh (div. 1899); m 2ndly (1899) 4th Earl of Cottenham.
Role: 'Duchesse de Villars, time of Louis XV.'
Date: 3 August 1897.
Occasion: The Duchess of Devonshire Ball, 2nd July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179, New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.Costume: "...The long pointed bodice and full skirt were in rich ivory satin; the bodice and quaint bell sleeves outlined in old Louis XV embroidery, in the finest gold sequins, and bullion thread interspersed with small rose tinsel flowers. The berthe, in fine Brussels lace was sewn with old diamond ornaments. A lovely old scarf, in real Rose du Barry brocade, was suspended with old diamond buckles from the right shoulders, and was carried gracefully draped over the left arm, hanging in a long hem on to the skirt; a small cluster of roses fastened the lace at one side of the bodice. The hair was worn powdered, and rather low, in the style of that period, with a small bunch of the same Pompadour roses as on the bodice. Long lace mittens were worn instead of gloves." (The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76b).
Costume Supplier: -
Furniture & Props: Painted rococo-style backdrop; Louis XV-style carved wood and fabric-mounted folding screen; studio Persian rug.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 2 [see also neg no 1521B].
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; Burke's Landed Gentry); The Complete Peerage (see Cottenham); The Times, 5 May 1913, p 10d.
Role: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 264, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Costume: The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 6a; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8c; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1248a; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, p 70c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76b.
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Reproduced: (Version) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 264, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).