Portraits by Amercian Photographer James Arthur (ca. 1900s)

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Woman with a miniature by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman at a piano by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman with a spinning wheel by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman looking in a mirror by James Arhur, c. 1900 via

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Woman with vase of flowers by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman wearing a plumed hat by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Seated woman drinking tea by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Woman on a tree trunk by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

Vintage Venice Photogravures (1896)

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Photogravure, Basilica St. Mark,  Church Detail, Venice, Italy, 1896

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Photogravure, Basilica St. Mark Church, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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Photogravure, Bronze Gate, Statues, Campanile, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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 Photogravure of the courtyard fountain of Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

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Photogravure, Palace Vendramin Calergi, Grand Canal, Cannaregio, Venice, 1896 via

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Photogravure, , Main Entrance Architecture, Venice, Italy, 1896 via

Eldon House (1895)

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Interior view of Eldon House, 1895 – note the abundance of bric-a-brac and elaborate Victorian furnishings. Eldon House was built in 1834 for John Harris, Treasurer of the London District, and occupied by his family – his wife Amelia and their eight children. It was first named Eldon Terrace, shortly thereafter changed to Eldon House – via lib.uwo.ca

Late Victorian Fancy Dress: The Devonshire House Ball in 1897

The Devonshire House Costume Ball of 1897 was one of the most anticipated social events of 1897. To stress the importance of th magnificent affair, the London Photographic Firm Lafayette was invited to take studio-style photographs of the guests in their costumes, which ranged from mythical goddesses, figures from paintings, and historical kings and queens.

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The Duke of York, later King George V (1865-1936), as “The Queen’s Champion” and the Duchess of York, later Queen Mary (1867-1953)  as “a Lady at the Court of Marguerite de Valois” at the Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, 1897 via

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Frances Evelyn (Daisy), the countess of Warwick, chose Marie Antoinette as her costume for the elegant and highly anticipated evening. The costume, made by Worth of Paris, was studded with real diamonds and used both gold and antique lace via

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Lady Randolph Churchill (1854-1921), née Jennie Jerome in a Worth Parisian Costume, as Empress Theodora, while attending the Devonshire House Ball, 1897 via

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Consuelo Marlborough (née Vanderbilt), dressed for the Devonshire House Ball, 1897 via

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Mary Teresa (‘Daisy’) (Cornwallis-West), Princess of Pless dressed as Queen of Sheba for the Devonshire House Ball via

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Miss Goelet as Scheherazade via

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The ethereal beauty of Mrs J Graham Menzies in the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies via

Princess Victoria Mary of Teck by Lafayette (1893)

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Queen Mary (1867-1953) when Princess Victoria Mary of Teck by Lafayette, 1893 via

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Queen Mary (1867-1953) when Princess Victoria Mary of Teck by Lafayette, 1893 via