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Frances Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865). Portrait by Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet.
Daughter of Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Baronet, and Anne MacDonnell, 2nd Countess of Antrim. Frances married Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. She was his second wife. Charles later took her surname of Vane. Together they developed an extensive coal mining operation on the lands in north east England that Frances inherited from her father. Frances and Charles had six children. Through their daughter Frances, they were the great-grandparents of Sir Winston Churchill.

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A visit to the V&A would hardly be a visit to the V&A without a peep at the Londonderry Amethysts (which - sob! - we're not allowed to photograph). Making my way up to the jewellery gallery, I ran full-tilt into Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet's spectacular portrait of Frances Anne Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865). Whether by accident or design, the decision to hang her in a spot requiring a literal ascent into her painted presence was a stroke of genius on the part of the curators. In her day, Lady Londonderry was an important and influential hostess, celebrated for the 'crushes' to which everybody who was anybody in high society was summoned. These mammoth affairs took place at Londonderry House on Park Lane, with the flesh-and-blood marchioness standing at the head of that monumental staircase which was to be such a feature of social life in the capital for the next century or so.
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Alexandre-Jean Dubois Drahonet "Portrait of Frances Anne Vane Tempest Stuat, Marchioness of Londonderry", detail, 1831.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Frances Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865). Portrait by Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet.
Daughter of Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Baronet, and Anne MacDonnell, 2nd Countess of Antrim. Frances married Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. She was his second wife. Charles later took her surname of Vane. Together they developed an extensive coal mining operation on the lands in north east England that Frances inherited from her father. Frances and Charles had six children. Through their daughter Frances, they were the great-grandparents of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Ka-boom! The Marchioness of Londonderry liked to sport her super-abundant riches where everybody could see them. In Dubois-Drahonet's splendid swagger portrait, she is dressed in her ermine and velvet robes for the Coronation of William IV and Queen Adelaide in 1831 (His Majesty had decreed that the ceremony should be staged as cheaply as possible. Which begs the question: if this is what Frances Anne wore to a 'budget' coronation, how would she have appeared at something more upmarket?) Straight from the pages of a silver fork novel of the period, Her Ladyship made a sensation when she entered Westminster Abbey. According to the wide-eyed Benjamin Disraeli, she 'looked like an empress' and fairly 'blazed among the peeresses'. Clearly a girl who subscribed to the maxim 'go big or go home', her ultra-fashionable gown was quite literally encrusted with precious stones. The bodice was festooned with ropes of diamonds, corsage ornaments and a diamond belt (you read that correctly. A diamond belt). From waist to hem, a panel of fabric had been stitched with a multitude of coloured gems and yet more diamonds. Among the former were the legendary Londonderry Amethysts, as big and luscious as boiled sweets, which had been presented to the marchioness by her besotted admirer, Tsar Alexander I of Russia. Between the purple whoppers were the superlative turquoise drops Frances Anne had acquired from Count Ferdinand Palffy in Vienna around 1820.
#Diamonds #Amethysts #Turquoise #Jewels #Jewellery #Ermine #Velvet #CoronationRobes #Peeress #MarchionessofLondonderry #AlexandreJeanDuboisDrahonet #Portrait #Art #Society #Aristocracy #1831 #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum #London #England

A visit to the V&A would hardly be a visit to the V&A without a peep at the Londonderry Amethysts (which - sob! - we're not allowed to photograph). Making my way up to the jewellery gallery, I ran full-tilt into Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet's spectacular portrait of Frances Anne Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865). Whether by accident or design, the decision to hang her in a spot requiring a literal ascent into her painted presence was a stroke of genius on the part of the curators. In her day, Lady Londonderry was an important and influential hostess, celebrated for the 'crushes' to which everybody who was anybody in high society was summoned. These mammoth affairs took place at Londonderry House on Park Lane, with the flesh-and-blood marchioness standing at the head of that monumental staircase which was to be such a feature of social life in the capital for the next century or so.
#Jewels #Jewellery #Ermine #Velvet #CoronationRobes #Peeress #MarchionessofLondonderry #AlexandreJeanDuboisDrahonet #Portrait #Art #Society #Aristocracy #1831 #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum #London #England

Alexandre-Jean Dubois Drahonet "Portrait of Frances Anne Vane Tempest Stuat, Marchioness of Londonderry", detail, 1831.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
#londra #london #bestoflondon #londoncity #ig_london #instalondon #londonmuseum #londonpop #victoriaandalbertmuseum #vamuseum #alexandrejeanduboisdrahonet #francesannevanetempest #marchioness #londonderry #artgarments #portraits_ig #portrait #jewelry

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