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Neg. No: GP (L) 1474B
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 20-07-1897

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Sitters: Lady Sophie (Beatrix Mary) Scott, née Cadogan (1874-1937).  

Biog: CBE (1917); 2nd daughter of 5th Earl Cadogan; m (1896) Sir Samuel Scott, 6th Bt.


Role: "A Fury": Megaera.


Date: 20 July 1897.


Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.


Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.


Descr: FL standing.


Costume: Classical draperies, with hanging sleeves, of crimson gauze shot with gold; girdle of jewelled serpents with emerald and ruby eyes; jewelled serpent head-dress and armlet; flaming torch.

Lady Maud Warrender, My First Sixy Years, Cassel & Company, London, 1933

[p 70] My sense of humour was ticked by two sisters who went to the Ball as the “Furies,” and wore hair nets to keep their heads tidy!


Costume Supplier: Mrs. Mason, 4 New Burlington Street, London W.


Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio classical fluted column.

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

Evidence of photographer at work: Flame and smoke added to negative.


No of related negatives: 7





"Megoera - A Fury" (see also Lurgan, above)

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.



Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Times, 9 November 1937, p 18c.


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


Role and Costume: The Daily News, 3 July 1897, p 5g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10a; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7e & 8a; Pall Mall Gazette, 3 July 1897, p 7c; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Times, 3 July 1897, p 12d; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 625b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1247c; The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 48b & p 55 [il]; The Queen, 10 July 1897, pp 73c & 75a.


Costume Supplier: The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 75a.


Reproduced: (Version) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 150 (National Portrait Gallery Archives).

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