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Lafayette Studios

In the early 1900s the Lafayette studio in New Bond Street was one of the most important and fashionable in London. Originally founded by James Scott Lauder in Dublin in 1885 the London branch opened in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. One of their first important commissions was photographing guests at the magnificient Devonshire House Ball.

In the 1920s the studio's photographers worked both in the studio in Bond Street as well as travelling around the country photographing people at home or at special events such as the annual Chelsea Arts Club Ball. For many years the studios' negatives were lost but in 1989 were rediscovered behind a screen in a prop store at Pinewood Studios and are now located at the NPG and V&A Museums.

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