Helena Ernstone, by Unknown photographer, 1870s - NPG Ax7723 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Helena Ernstone

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
3 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (90 mm x 60 mm) image size
acquired F.J. Eberlen, 1978
NPG Ax7723

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Ram Gulrajani

5 September 2017, 21:24

The following information may help?
This Lady is Helena Cécile Ernstone. She was an English actress who appeared in London theatres from 1867 to 1881. Her maiden name was Hélène Cecilia Schott and she was born in Gibraltar circa 1841

Helena was the fourth daughter of Adam Joseph Schott (1794–1864), the youngest of five children of Bernhard Schott, the founder of German music publisher (B. Schott's Söhne). After establishing several international branches for the firm, Adam left to pursue a musical career, performing in New York during 1830/1. He then became bandmaster of the 79th Regiment, serving in Quebec and Toronto, before a period with the 79th in Britain and then Gibraltar. He left the 79th there to become bandmaster of Grenadier Guards 1844-1856. Adam died in India (Kirkee, 1864), as bandmaster of Royal Artillery there.

I am wondering if these Schott were the same family of the Patio Schott building of Castle Road, opposite the Sacred Heart Cathedral ~ Perhaps our ace researcher Alex Panayotti can throw more light on the question? :)

Here is a Wikipedia page with more information about Helena Cécile Ernstone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Ernstone

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