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MAR AND KELLIE, COUNTESS OF
Neg. No: GP (L) 1438
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 03-07-1897

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Sitters:

(Susan) Violet, Countess of Mar and 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.

Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Dawson ( ).

Role: (Countess of Mar and Kellie) 'Dante's Beatrice'; (Lieut-Col Duncan Dawson) Raoul de Nangis from Les Huguenots.(1)

Date: 2 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.

Descr: FL standing.

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)

(Lieut-Col Duncan Dawson) "...doublet, purple velvet, embroidered in front with bars of passementerie; trunks, purple velvet, slashed with long slashes, and puffed with pale mauve; short mantle, purple velvet, lined with pale mauve satin; hat, purple velvet, embroidered and barred from top to bottom with passementerie." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58a).

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

Furniture & Props: Backdrop, painted to suggest the garden statuary at Devonshire House; 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 neg no 1396].

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: (Countess of Mar and Kellie) Burke's Peerage; The Times, 17 December 1938, p 16b.

Role: (Countess of Mar and 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. (Lieut.-Col. Duncan Dawson) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 187, (National Portrait Gallery Archives);2 The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58a.

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

Costume: (Countess of Mar and Kellie) The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 71 (line drawing). (Lieut.-Col. Duncan Dawson) The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 58a.

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

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

Reproduced: (Version of Lieut.-Col. Duncan Dawson) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 187, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

1. Role spelled incorrectly as 'Naugis'.