Sitter: Theresa (Susey Helen), Marchioness of Londonderry, née Chetwynd-Talbot (1856-1919).
Cracked negative repaired in photoshop
Biog: Political hostess; eldest daughter of 19th Earl of Shrewsbury; m (1875) 6th Marquess of Londonderry, Viceroy of Ireland 1886-1889.
Role: Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.(1)
Date: 27 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: (Possibly) The sitter's London residence, Londonderry House, Park Lane London, W.
Descr: FL seated.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of studio at work: Elements of the crown and sceptre heavily retouched.
No of poses: 3 [see also neg nos 1506 & 1506B].
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; The Times, 17 March 1919, p 14b; Anne de Courcy, Society's Queen: The Life of Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry, London, 1992
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Role and Costume: The Daily Chronicle, 3 July 1897, p 8a; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Irish Times, 3 July 1897, p 8c; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7f&g; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7b; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 9a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Westminster Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 5a; The Lady, 8 July 1897, p 46a; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 107b; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, pp 26b & 27a; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 624b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1247b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 48b & p 52 [drawing]; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, pp 52 & 53 [drawings] & p 53c; Madame, 8 July 1897, p 69b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 65 [drawing] & p 76a.
Costume Supplier: (Costume) The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 65. (Embroidery) Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69b.
Jewellery: (Diamond & pearl jewellery) Diana Scarisbrick, Ancestral Jewels, London 1989 pp 72-3; (diamond jewellery) ibid. pp 173-5. (See also costume above.)
Reproduced: The Ladies Field, 18 June 1898, p 27; Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 111, National Portrait Gallery Archives).
1. Empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780); Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia [reigned 1740-1780]; consort of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I [reigned 1745-1765].