Lady Curzon, wife of the Viceroy. She wears the peacock dress, Delhi 1903


A very fine full length portrait of the Vicereine Lady Curzon by the Albert Jeakins Studio of Simla. Lady Curzon is shown seated, wearing the famous peacock dress, magnificent tiara and jewels, and the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India. The photograph is on photographer’s card and bears the impressed studio mark of Jeakins lower left, approx 9 x 12ins [22 x 30cm]. The photograph is in excellent condition although it has been trimmed a little to fit a frame. The American Mary Leiter was the beautiful and talented daughter of a Chicago millionaire philanthropist. After a long engagement during Curzon’s period of exhaustive Asian travel they married and had three daughters. The peacock dress survives and is now on display at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The Curzon family home is now largely managed by the National Trust.

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