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Lady Mary Lygon

(1910-1982), Former wife of Vsevelod Ivanovich Romanov, Prince of Russia; daughter of 7th Earl Beauchamp

Sitter in 4 portraits
One of the four beautiful daughters of the 7th Earl Beauchamp known in society circles as the 'Beauchamp Belles'. Lady Lygon married Prince Vsevolod of Russia in 1939. They divorced in 1956, after which she returned to her birth name and title. Noted for her 'sense of fun and appreciation of wit and humour', she was also known for her charity work, particularly during the Second World War when she ran a Red Cross unit known as 'Princess Pavlovsky's Unit'. A close and long-lasting friend of author Evelyn Waugh, Lygon inspired the character of Lady Julia Flyte in his novel Brideshead Revisited (1945).

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Lady Mary Lygon, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34235

Lady Mary Lygon

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 2 November 1935
NPG x34235

Lady Mary Lygon, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34236

Lady Mary Lygon

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 2 November 1935
NPG x34236

Lady Mary Lygon, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34237

Lady Mary Lygon

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 2 November 1935
NPG x34237

Lady Mary Lygon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195046

Lady Mary Lygon

by Francis Goodman
tear sheet, published 27 March 1940
NPG x195046

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Chris pring

25 March 2020, 08:53

She was the inspiration for Elgar’s Enigma Variation number XIII

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