Sitters: H.I.H. Grand Duke Michael Michailovitch of Russia (1861-1929); grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Sophia Nicholaievna, Countess de Torby (1868-1927); daughter of Prince Nicholas William of Nassau; m. (1891) (morganatically) H.I.H. Grand Duke Michael Michailovitch of Russia.
Role: (Grand Duke) King Henry IV of France;1 (Countess de Torby) Gabrielle d'Estray.2
Date: 3 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: (Grand Duke) "...a Henry IV costume in black and gold puffed with white satin, and strapped with gold embroidery; the cape was lined with white, and trimmed with gold cord and tassels; and a white ruff and black hat ornamented with gold braid and blue silk band, with order, were worn." (The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76a).
Costume Supplier: (Grand Duke) W. Clarkson, Wellington Street, London.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Grand Duke) (Replica) The French Order of Saint Esprit.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop with 'baronial fireplace'; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: James Stack Lauder (1853-1923), trading as 'J. Lafayette', 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Edge of backdrop to the right of the plate.
No of poses: 1.
Copyright: V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984;
Role & Costume:
Costume Supplier: (Grand Duke) The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 8b; Vanity Fair, 8 July 1897, p 18b; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76c.
Photography: Copyright Records, Public Record Office, Kew: COPY 1/431, 9 August 1897, (1 pose registered); The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 9f; Black & White, 10 July 1897, p 38b.
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 15, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
1 King Henry IV of France (1553-1610); ruled (1589-1610).
2 Gabrielle d'Estray (1571?-1599); paramour of King Henry IV of France.