contact print on gold-toned printing-out paper, 1899
10 5/8 in. x 13 3/8 in. (270 mm x 340 mm)
acquired Victoria & Albert Museum, 1998
Sitterback to top
- Emilie Charlotte ('Lillie') Langtry (née Le Breton) (1853-1929), Actress and professional beauty. Sitter in 55 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) (founded 1880), Photographers. Artist associated with 6905 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, High Society: Photographs 1897-1914, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 January to 21 June 1998), p. 53 Read entry
Here Lillie Langtry wears a costume by Worth for her role as Mrs Trevelyan in Sydney Grundy’s play The Degenerates, which was first performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on 31 August 1899. The theatre was filled to capacity for the six-week run and transferred to the Garrick Theatre with similar success. The play, a satire on smart society, was partly based on Lillie’s life. This studio portrait was taken shortly before its presentation in New York, where it opened at the Garden Theatre on 15 January 1900.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Beautiful and the Damned (6 June 2001 - 7 October 2001)