Social Victorians/People/Morley

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Morley

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Liberal party[1]
  • Member of Parliament, House of Commons

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, Mr. Arnold Morley attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

1911 June 30, Rt. Hon. Arnold Morley and Elsie Waite Touzalin married, her second marriage.

Black-and-white photograph of a standing man richly dressed in an historical costume
Arnold Morley in costume as the Duc de Choiseul. ©National Portrait Gallery, London.
Old portrait of a gentleman wearing a colorful uniform and star on his coat
Étienne-François de Choiseul-Stainville, duc de Choiseul, by Louis-Michel van Loo and workshop
ornate star used as jewelry or decoration on clothing
Order of the Holy Spirit

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, Rt. Hon. Arnold Morley (at 351) was dressed as a Gentilhomme de la Cour Louis XV in the Quadrille of the Louis XV. and Louis XVI.[2] According to the Guernsey Star, "Mr. Arnold Morley took the part of a nobleman of the time of Louis XV."[3]

Lafayette's portrait of "Arnold Morley as the Duc de Choiseul" in costume is photogravure #92 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[4] The printing on the portrait says, "Mr. Arnold Morley, M.P. as the Duc de Choiseul."[5]

Especially if the newspapers are accurate about Louise XV, Morley seems likely to be dressed as Étienne François, Marquis de Stainville, Duc de Choiseul (28 June 1719 – 8 May 1785), who was awarded the Ordre du Saint-Esprit and the Order of the Golden Fleece[6]; in Lafayette's portrait, he is wearing the badge of the Order du Saint-Esprit, or Order of the Holy Spirit. The portrait by van Loo and his workshop of the Duc de Choiseul is not the original of the costume Morley wore to the ball, most likely, but it does show him wearing the Ordre du Saint-Esprit and similar clothing.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British[1]

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Rt. Hon. Arnold Morley (18 February 1849 – 16 January 1916)[7]
  • Elsie Waite Touzalin ( – 3 October 1912)[8]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. His Wikipedia article says he died unmarried.[1] The information about his wedding and wife come from The Peerage.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Arnold Morley". Wikipedia. 2021-05-21.
  2. "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive
  3. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy-Dress Ball. Brilliant Spectacle." The Guernsey Star 6 July 1897, Tuesday: 1 [of 4], Col. 1–2. British Newspaper Archive
  4. "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery
  5. "Arnold Morley as the Duc de Choiseul." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery
  6. "Étienne François, duc de Choiseul". Wikipedia. 2021-11-21.,_duc_de_Choiseul&oldid=1056417729.Étienne_François,_duc_de_Choiseul.
  7. "Rt. Hon. Arnold Morley." "Person Page". Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  8. "Elsie Waite Touzalin." "Person Page". Retrieved 2021-07-09.