Two Well-dressed Victorian Couples by Pierre-Louis Pierson (1870s)

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Pierre-Louis Pierson, Young Couple (Circle of Duc d’Aumale), 1870s, France via

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Pierre-Louis Pierson, Military Officer and Woman (Circle of Duc d’Aumale), 1870s, France via

A Colection of Vintage Photos Feat. Lady Randolph Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill (1854 – 1921), born Jeanette (Jennie) Jerome, was the daughter of a wealthy New York stock broker. She was one of 350 Dollar Princesses marrying into British aristocracy to save their estates.

In 1874 she married Lord Randolph Churchill, the third son of John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane. Their son was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

She was part of the Prince of Wales’ set (Queen Victoria’s son) and a close confidante of the man who would become King Edward VII (and who was rumoured to have been one of her lovers). Their crew had a fondness for fast living and tattoos – Jennie had a snake design curling around her wrist (source).

Throughout her life she wore the finest fashions of the age, setting trends in striking creations by Worth and maintained her luxurious standard of living even when running desperately short of funds. She was lavish in the way she lived – her clothes, her affairs, the energy she poured into furthering Winston’s career – and unapologetic, even when society scorned her for marrying men young enough to be her sons (her second husband, George Cornwallis-West was twenty years her junior and her third, Montagu Phippen Porch, was even younger (source).

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1875 via

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Lady Randolph Churchill via

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1877 via

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1895 via

Lady Randolph Churchill via

 

Princess Elizabeth of Hesse by Alexander Bassano (1878)

NPG x95947; Princess Elizabeth Feodorovna, Grand Duchess Serge of Russia by Alexander Bassano

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse by Alexander Bassano, 1878 via

NPG x95938; Princess Elizabeth Feodorovna, Grand Duchess Serge of Russia by Alexander Bassano

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse by Alexander Bassano, 1878 via

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Princess Elisabeth of Hesse by Alexander Bassano, 1878 via