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MAR & KELLIE, COUNTESS OF
Neg. No: GP (L) 1396
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 03-07-1897

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Sitters:

(Susan) Violet, Countess of Mar & Kellie (1868-1938), née Ashley-Cooper; President of the British Red Cross Society; 4th dau of 8th Earl of Shaftesbury; m (1892) 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie.

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon,(1) 4th Baron Kenyon (1864-1927); Landowner and Public Servant; Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales; President of the National Museum of Wales.

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Role: (Countess of Mar & Kellie)'Dante's Beatrice'; (Lord Kenyon) Guido Cavalcanti.(2)

Date: 2 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.

Descr: FL.

Costume:

(Countess of Mar & Kellie) "...robe...of old velvet brocade, green cisele gold, with tight-fitting sleeves with large creves of silk muslin. The overdress of Princess cut was of white Sicilian silk with very fine embroidery of pink and gold. Her escutcheon was embroidered at the right side of the undergown and the overdress was laced on both sides with silver cords studded with pearls. The cordelier was of green and gold and the coiffure of a small cap of green velvet, embroidered with gold and studded with pearls. A small pearl bandeau, a small crown of gold orefeverie, and long veil of mousseline de soie." (The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b);

(Lord Kenyon) "...doublet of pale mauve silk, with large open sleeves, fastened with a gold ornament just below the shoulder; the end of the doublet edged with ermine, on breast of double large gold embroidered pattern; cap, pink rose-coloured silk bound with a broad band of ermine, aigrette, white feather and jewel in front." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 57c).

Costume Supplier: (Countess of Mar & Kellie) Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.

Furniture & Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; studio balustrade; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1 [but see also 1438].
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: (Countess of Mar & Kellie) Burke's Peerage; The Times, 17 December 1938, p 16b; (Lord Kenyon) Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 30 November 1927, p 16b.

Role:

(Countess of Mar & Kellie) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 81, (National Portrait Gallery Archives). See also (Beatrice) The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7e; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 27b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12a; (Venetian lady of the 14th century) The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 48c; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7c; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 107b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 48c.

(Baron Kenyon) (Guido Cavalcanti) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 263, (National Portrait Gallery Archives); (Venetian noble) Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 52; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7e; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pp 52 & 57c.

Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.

Costume: (Countess of Mar & Kellie) The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71 (line drawing); (Baron Kenyon) The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; Truth, 8 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 52 (line drawing) & 57c.

Costume Supplier: The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71.

Photographer: The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.

Reproduced: -

1. He assumed the additional surname of Tyrell in 1912.

2. Italian poet and philosopher, d. 1300; friend and mentor of Dante.