Sitter: Edward George Villiers Stanley, Baron Stanley, later 17th Earl of Derby (1865-1948).
Biog: Lieutenant Grenadier Guards 1885-1895; Secretary of State for War; Ambassador to France.
Role: Grenadier Guards Officer, 1660/XVIIth century.
Date: 6 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: Full dress uniform of an Officer of The King's or Royal Regiment of Guards 1660:1 state coat of scarlet cloth, three-quarter length, trimmed gold, with shoulder knot;2 white silk throat bow, trimmed with lace; Parade Armour consisting of breast plate and back plate, decorated with heavy gilt; baldric belt,3 probably of blue velvet, mounted on buckram with heavy gold lacing; sash, probably white silk with heavy bullion fringing; full blue breeches with blue silk knee ties; hose, probably scarlet; Caroline block-heeled shoes with silk bows; gauntlets; wide-brimmed felt hat, with heavy lace band round brim and ostrich plumes; full-bottomed wig.
Costume Supplier: -
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1 [but see also neg no 1450].
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Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; Who's Who; The Times, 5 February 1948, p 6d.
Role: (Grenadier Guards officer, 1660) The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50b. (Grenadier Guards officer, XVII century) Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 181, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Costume: The Gentlewoman, 10 July 1897, p 50b; The Grenadier Guards Museum (see below).
Costume Supplier: -
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 181, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Acknowledgements: (Uniform) Captain D. D. Horn MISM, Curator, The Guard's Museum, Wellington Barracks, London SW1.
1. For a late nineteenth-century costume source, see Lieutenant General Sir F.W. Hamilton, The History of The Grenadier Guards, [plate], [date], Vol I, p ?.
2. Shoulder knot - an indication of rank and probably of dark blue silk.
3. Baldrick belt - to support sword, not visible in the photograph.