Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Emilie Charlotte ('Lillie') Langtry (née Le Breton) (1853-1929), Actress and professional beauty
‘Possessing in a marked degree every feminine charm’, in the words of one professional colleague, ‘she was at the same time possessed of an iron will power, immense courage and a gift of instant decision.’  According to Sir John Lavery, whom she met in 1889,  her charm included the ability to make him (and presumably others) ‘feel I was one of the most interesting people she had met for years’. 
Dr Jan Marsh
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