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Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

(1870-1906), Vicereine of India; first wife of Lord Curzon of Kedleston (later 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston)

Sitter in 10 portraits
Mary was the daughter of Levi Z. Leiter, co-founder of the Marshall Field & Company retail empire. Six-foot-tall, beautiful and intelligent, Mary was a society favourite in both Great Britain and the USA. She fell in love with George Curzon, declaring 'I will have him, because I believe he needs me. I have no shame', and they married in 1895. When George was promoted to Viceroy of India, Mary became the second-highest ranking woman in the British Empire after the Queen; the highest British title ever attained by an American.

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Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston as Valentina Visconti of Milan, A.D. 1447, by Alice Hughes, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41200

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston as Valentina Visconti of Milan, A.D. 1447

by Alice Hughes, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41200

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, by Bourne & Shepherd, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x3817

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

by Bourne & Shepherd, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1902
NPG x3817

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, by Bourne & Shepherd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x135952

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

by Bourne & Shepherd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1902
NPG x135952

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, published by Underwood & Underwood - NPG x76638

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, 1903
NPG x76638

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, by Albert Edward Jeakins, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG x135953

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

by Albert Edward Jeakins, published by Rapid Photo Co
hand-coloured bromide postcard print with glitter, 1903
NPG x135953

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, by Albert Edward Jeakins, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG x135954

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

by Albert Edward Jeakins, published by Rapid Photo Co
bromide postcard print, 1903
NPG x135954

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, published by Underwood & Underwood - NPG x88907

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, 1903
NPG x88907

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston, published by Underwood & Underwood - NPG x88908

Mary Victoria (née Leiter), Lady Curzon of Kedleston

published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, 1903
NPG x88908

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