Friday, August 16, 2013

Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball 1897

Final set from this high-society fling.

 The Countess of Gosford as Minerva, period of Louis XV
 The Countess of Kilmorey, Ellen Constance née Baldock as Comtesse du Barri
 The Countess of Mar as Beatrice Portinari the woman who inspired Dante
 The Hon Mrs Baillie as Mrs James Baillie from the family group by Gainsborough
 The Hon Mrs Maguire as Dido, Queen of Carthage and Major Wynne Finch with her
 The Hon Mrs Reginald Talbot as a Valkyrie
[Not many ladies can pull off posing as a valkyrie. This one certainly does.]
 The Ladies Churchill as Watteau shepherdesses
 The Mademoiselles de Courcel as Valkyries
[they may be cuter than the Valkyrie above, but with only half the presence]
 Unknown lady as Cleopatra
Viscountess Milton as Marie Antoinette’s court painter Madame Le Brun

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