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Neg. No: GP (L) 1328
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 03-07-1897

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Sitter: Adolf Meyer-Watson, later Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868-1949).(1)

Adolf Meyer-Watson, later Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868-1949)

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Biog: Portrait and fashion photographer.

Role: After a "picture".

Date: 2 July 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: "...grey satin tunic elaborately embroidered in steel, with slash showing a white silk underdress; ruby velvet trunks trimmed to correspond; black satin cloak; large hat with feathers." (The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50b).(2)

Costume Supplier: -

Jewellery: -

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.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Robert Brandau ed, De Meyer, London, 1976; Anne Ehrenkranz, A Singular Elegance: The Photography of Baron Adolf de Meyer, San Francisco, 1994; Who's Who (1905-6). (See also Cecil Beaton and Gail Buckland, The Magic Image, London, 1975.)

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

Role and Costume: The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50b & 53 (line drawing)2.

Costume Supplier: -

Jewellery: -

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

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1. From c 1916, Baron de Meyer dropped the name Adolf and used instead Gayne, a name given to him by an astrologer, (Robert Brandau, op cit, p 40).

2. The sitter erroneously identified as "Major Watson," by The Gentlewoman; listed correctly by The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9g and The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12d.