Sitter: Marcia Amelia Mary, Countess of Yarborough (1863-1926) née Lane Fox.(1)
Biog: O.B.E. 1920; eldest daughter and co-heiress of 12th Baron Conyers; m. (1886) 4th Earl of Yarborough.
Role: Countess Tchoglokov, a lady at the Court of Catherine the Great.(2)
Date: 26 July 1897.
Occasion: The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179, New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.3
Costume Supplier: Mrs Nettleship, 58 Wigmore Street, London, W.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio Persian rug with field of stylised leaves and angular vine.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: Studio assistant and sea-scape backdrop partially visible behind pillar to right of plate.
No of poses: 4.
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Biog: Burke's Peerage; The Complete Peerage; The Times, 18 November 1926, p19a & photo. p 18.
Role: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 124, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
Occasion: Sophia Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, London, 1984.
Costume: The Daily Chronicle, 3 July 1897, p 7g; The Daily Telegraph, 3 July 1897, p 10a; The Morning Post, 3 July 1897, p 7g; The Standard, 3 July 1897, p 4c; The Lady, 8 July 1897, pp 44 [line drawing] & 46c; The Court Circular, 10 July 1897, p 264b; The Court Journal, 10 July 1897, p 1247a; Lady's Pictorial, 10 July 1897, pp 47 [line drawing] & 53b; Madame, 10 July 1897, p 69a; The Queen, 10 July 1897, p 76a.
Costume Supplier: The Lady, 8 July 1897, p 46c.
Reproduced: Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, July 2 1897: A Collection of Portraits in Costume of Some of the Guests, privately printed, 1899, p 124, (National Portrait Gallery Archives).
For the pose, see the portrait called The Hon. Mrs Graham (1775-77), by Thomas Gainsborough, National Gallery of Scotland since 1859 (National Galleries of Scotland, London, 1989).
1. Also Baroness Fauconberg and Baroness Conyers in her own right.
2. Maria, Countess Tchoglokov (1724-1756); daughter of Simon Leontievitch Guendrikov and niece of Empress Catherine I; m. (1742) Nikolaï Maoumovitch, Count Tchoglokov; 'Grande Maîtresse' at the court of Empress Elizabeth I and governess to Empress Catherine II (reigned 1762-1796) when Grand Duchess. (See La Noblesse de Russie, Paris, 1961 and also Catherine the Great: Memoirs, London, 1927 ).