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Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Henry Holden pulls it off by refusing to take the whole thing too seriously. He is portraying Will Somers, the first Queen Elizabeth‘s court jester. The costume looks a lot less effort as well. The Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Ball 1897

Sir Edgar Vincent as a Dutch Stadholder after Franz Hals,  at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897.

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Sir Edgar Vincent as a Dutch Stadholder after Franz Hals, at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July

Viscountess Milton as Madame Le Brun page 71

Instead of playing a muse Viscountess Milton opted for a creator, Marie Antoinette’s court painter Madame Le Brun. Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball 1897

LOUISE THE DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT AS ANNE OF AUSTRIA | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The Devonshire House Jubilee Costume Ball. Princess Louise, Duchess of Connaught, dressed as Anne of Austria (mother of Louis XIV).

Lady Alexandra Colebrooke as Roxana, wife of Alexander the Great, at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897.

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Lady Alexandra Colebrooke as Roxana, wife of Alexander the Great; one of the 200 guests in fancy dress at the the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball,

Lady Helen Vincent as a Genoese lady after Van Dyke at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball page 83 - Copy

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Lady Helen Vincent as a Genoese lady after Van Dyke at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball page 83 - Copy

The Ladies Churchill as Watteau shepherdesses,  at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897. (Shepherdesses of course have always been a favourite dressing up role for the aristocracy, favoured by Marie Antoinette and even Louis XIV’s brother who was always called Monsieur.)

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Fancy Dress the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball. The Ladies Churchill came as Watteau shepherdesses, which have always been a favourite dressing up role for the aristocracy, favoured by Marie Antoinette.

Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball 1897 -  HRH the Duchess of Connaught as Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV

Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball 1897 - HRH the Duchess of Connaught as Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV

Costumes from the Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball in 1897 (Photo: The Countess of Westmoreland as Hebe)

Costume Ball 4: Ladies only

Costumes from the Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball in 1897 (Photo: The Countess of Westmoreland as Hebe)

Lady Alice Montagu as Laure de Sade, an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade ; the Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball of 1897

Lady Alice Montagu as Laure de Sade, an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade ; the Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball of 1897

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