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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895), Society beauty; wife of 5th Duke of Leinster; daughter of 1st Earl of Feversham

Sitter in 9 portraits
Hermione, and her younger sister Helen, were great society beauties, considered to be amongst the most beautiful women in England.The romance between Hermione and Lord Elcho illustrates the complex interweaving in the personal lives of social group 'the Souls'. Estranged from her husband, the Duke of Leinster, she became Lord Elcho's mistress, while his wife, Mary Elcho (née Wyndham) had an affair with Wilfred Scawen Blunt and maintained a cerebral love for Arthur Balfour. Hermione died of tuberculosis aged thirty one in 1895, having given birth to Lord Elcho's child two years before.

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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x197347

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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, 1888
NPG x197348

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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x19999

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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

after (Marion Margaret) Violet Manners (née Lindsay), Duchess of Rutland
lithograph, 1895
NPG D23365

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Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14736