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ROSEBERY, EARL OF
Neg. No: GP (L) 1535
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 20-08-1897

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Sitter: Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929).

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Biog: Liberal Prime Minister 1894-1895.

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Role: Gentleman of the XVIIIth century/Horace Walpole.

[Lord Rosebery himself stated that he went to the Ball "as a gentleman of the 18th century. I was described greatly to my disgust as that effeminate gossip Horace Walpole. If challenged for a name I should have given 'the Duke of Devonshire of that time!' But I had no idea of anybody." The Marquess of Crewe, Lord Rosebery, Vol II, London, 1931, pp 550-551.]

Date: 20 August 1897.

Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

Location: (Probably) the sitter's London residence, 38 Berkeley Square, London, W.

Descr: FL standing.

Costume: "...Coat, George III period. Dark green velvet with large turn back cuffs of sage green silk. The button holes and cuffs delicately embroidered with silver. Star of the Order of the Garter worn on left breast. Long vest, sage green, embroidered with dark green flowers edged with silver. Breeches, dark green velvet. Hose, delicate gray hose coming high up and turned over in a roll. Order of the Garter worn on left knee, blue moire riband of the Garter worn over the right shoulder. Sword belt and frog, blue velvet, embroidered with silver, worn underneath vest. Court sword, black velvet and gold hilted. Hair, powdered and queued with large black silk bow and riband coming round the neck and hanging in front on breast and tied. Real lace jabot and frilled cuffs. Black high heeled shoes, scarlet heels, and silver buckles." (The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c).

Costume Supplier: Alias, 36 Soho Square, London W.

Orders, Decorations & Medals: Insignia of the Order of the Garter, (Lord Rosebery cr. K.G. October 1892).

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 3

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References:

Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 21 May 1929, p 14g and 22 May 1929, p 9a & 16e.

Role: (Gentleman of the XVIIIth century) The Westminster Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 5a; Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 191, (National Portrait Gallery Archives). (Horace Walpole) The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13a; The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10a; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7b; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, pp 4a & 9a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4d; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c; Truth, 3 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 52; Jane T. Stoddart, The Earl of Rosbery K.G.: An Illustrated Biography, London, 1899, p 149 (illustration).

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

Location: The Post Office London Directory for 1897.

Costume: The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 12 (line drawing); The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10a; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7b; St. James's Gazette, 3 July 1897, pp 4a & 9a; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4d; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12c; Truth, 3 July 1897, p 108b; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, pp 52 (line drawing) & 58a.

Costume Supplier: The Daily Graphic, 3 July 1897, p 13a; The Echo, 3 July 1897, p 2f.

Orders, Decorations & Medals: Dictionary of National Biography, (see the sitter's entry).

Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 191, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).