Social Victorians/People/Cornwallis-West

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Cornwallis-West

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British[1]

Family[edit | edit source]

  • William Cornwallis Cornwallis-West (20 March 1835 – 4 July 1917)[2]
  • Patsy (Mary Adelaide Virginia Eupatoria) FitzPatrick Cornwallis-West (1856– July 1920)
  1. Daisy (Mary Theresa) Cornwallis-West then Daisy, Princess of Pless or Princess Henry of Pless (28 June 1873 — 29 June 1943)
  2. Major George Frederick Myddelton Cornwallis-West (14 November 1874 — 1 April 1951)
  3. Shelagh (Constance Edwina) Cornwallis-West (c. 1878 — 21 January 1970)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, Daisy, Princess of Pless and "Shelagh" Constance Edwina Cornwallis-West attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Daisy, Princess of Pless (at 38) was dressed as the Queen of Sheba (some reports say Cleopatra). Henry (Heinrich), Prince of Pless (at 40) was dressed as Count Orloff.

Miss Cornwallis West (at 383), sister of Princess Henry of Pless, so Shelagh (Constance Edwina) Cornwallis-West, "was [Princess Henry's] Ethiopian attendant."[3]:5, Col. 7c

Lafayette's portrait of "Constance Edwina (née Cornwallis-West), Duchess of Westminster (later Mrs Lewis) as a Courtier in the train of the Queen of Sheba" in costume is #283 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[4] The printing on the portrait says, "Miss Cornwallis West as a Courtier in the train of the Queen of Sheba," with a Long S in Miss.[5]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "William Cornwallis-West". Wikipedia. 2020-02-03. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Cornwallis-West&oldid=938994066. 
  2. "William Cornwallis Cornwallis-West." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  3. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6a–6, Col. 1b. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  4. "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515 (accessed March 2020).
  5. "Miss Cornwallis West as a Courtier." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw86216/Constance-Edwina-ne-Cornwallis-West-Duchess-of-Westminster-later-Mrs-Lewis-as-a-Courtier-in-the-train-of-the-Queen-of-Sheba (accessed March 2020).