No: GP (L) 1727
Lady Louisa Rosamund Waring, formely Mrs. H.J. Graham-Waffington,
née (?) ( ).
Louisa Rosamund (1829-1911), the youngest daughter of Moses Hellyer, a builder from Devon, first married a ship’s captain, Mr. H.J. Graham-Waffington.
By the time of this image, she had been widowed and had recently remarried, as his second wife, Sir Henry John Waring, a noteworthy citizen of Plymouth and long-standing Governor of the Imperial Institute.
For the Court of 13 May 1898, Lady Waring, as she was now styled, wore a gown of white satin, the front of petticoat and corsage embroidered in a graceful design of mauve orchids and foliage in raised chenille. Her train, edged with chiffon ruchings, is of a deeper shade of mauve velvet, arranged from both shoulders, and trimmed with old point de Flanders lace. Her jewels included a beautiful diamond rivière necklace, diamond earrings and diamond corsage ornaments as well as an early nineteenth-century paste necklace with a cross. The outfit was made by Messers Russell and Allen of Old Bond Street, London.
As Lady Waring is 69 years of age in this portrait, her waist has been drastically improved by the professional photograph retouchers employed by the studio. The skin of her face and neck has also been smoothed by the retouchers to a state of near perfection.
Widow of Mr H.J. Graham-Waffington; m 2ndly (1897), as his 2nd wife,
Sir Henry John Waring (Kt 1891), Mayor of Plymouth 1887-90, Governor
of the Imperial Institute (1817-1903).
13 May 1898.
The Court, 13 May 1898: presented, on her marriage, by Hon Mrs R.
The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
gown of white satin, the front of petticoat and corsage embroidered
in a graceful design of mauve orchids and foliage in raised chenille.
Train in deeper shade of mauve velvet, arranged from both shoulders,
and trimmed with old point de Flanders and sprays of orchids.
(see: Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 746).
Designer & Supplier: Messrs. Russell and Allen, Old Bond Street,
& Props: Rococo-style painted backdrop; studio Jacobean-revival
Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
of photographer at work: -
of poses: 1.
V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Burkees' Peerage of 1898.
The Times, 14 May 1899, p 9d.
The Court Circular, 21 May 1898, p 438a; The Gentlewoman, 21 May
1898, p 722a; Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 746; The Ladies'
Field, 28 May 1898, p 495.
Designer: Lady's Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 746.
Supplier: The Court Circular, 21 May 1898, p 438a; Lady's Pictorial,
21 May 1898, p 746.
The Ladies' Field, 28 May 1898, p 495; (cropped) Lady's
Pictorial, 21 May 1898, p 748.