Social Victorians/People/Paget Family

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Paget
  • Sir Arthur Fitzroy and Mrs. Minnie (Mary Stevens) Paget
    • Mr. Fitzroy (nom de plume)
    • General Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget
  • Almeric Paget
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Paget
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Ernest Paget
    • and Miss Hylda Paget
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Paget

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: Minnie (Mary) Stevens Paget was American, but Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget was British.

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1 March 1851 – 8 December 1928)[1]
  • Minnie (Mary) Stevens Paget (1853 – May 1919)[2]
  1. Louise Margaret Leila Wemyss Paget ( – 24 September 1958)
  2. Albert Edward Sydney Louis Paget (23 May 1879 – 2 August 1917)
  3. Arthur Wyndham Louis Paget (6 March 1888 – 28 February 1966)
  4. Reginald Scudamore George Paget (6 March 1888 – 11 June 1931)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1878 July 27, Mary Stevens and Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget married.[2]

1897 July 2, Arthur Henry Fitzroy and Mary Paget attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, as did Gerald Gerald Paget

1902, Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget promoted to rank of General.[1]

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

Minnie Paget[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Minnie Paget (at 90), Mrs. Arthur Paget, walked in the "Oriental" procession as Cleopatra.[3][4] She apparently had a Black attendant, which the Morning Post described using the n-word, quoted below.

  • She was dressed in an "Egyptian costume, the train of black crepe de chine embroidered with gold scarabaeus and lined with cloth of gold; skirt of black gauze with lotus flowers worked in gold, and sash of gauze tissue wrought with stones and scarabaeus. The bodice, glittering with gold and diamonds, was held up on the shoulders with straps of large emeralds and diamonds. The square head-dress was of Egyptian cloth of gold, the sphinx-like side pieces being striped black and gold encrusted with diamonds, and in the middle of the forehead hung a large pearl from a ruby; above was the ibis with outstretched wings of diamonds and sapphires, and beyond were peacock feathers standing out, and the back was all looped with pearls and amber. The remainder of the head-dress was of uncut rubies and emeralds, all real stones, surmounted by the jewelled crown of Egypt; round the neck were row upon row of necklaces of various gems, reaching to the waist, and a jewelled girdle fell to the hem; a nigger [sic] held a fan of ostrich feathers over her head."[3]:8, Col. 1b
  • "There were also two Cleopatras ..., and Mrs. Arthur Paget looked her character to the life, and her jewels were quite the most magnificent in the room. Mr. Gerald Paget walked beside her, attired very effectively as Mark Antony."[5]:32, Col. 2c

John Thomson's portrait of "Mary ('Minnie', née Stevens), Lady Paget as Cleopatra" in costume is #145 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[6] The printing on the portrait says, "Mrs. Arthur Paget as Cleopatra."[7]

Col. Arthur Paget[edit | edit source]

Arthur Paget (at 91), Col. Arthur Paget, dressed as "Edward the Black Prince, in a chain mail, with black velvet coat embroidered in gold, and fur coat worked with lions and fleur-de-lis in gold; black helmet and Prince of Wales's plume."[3]:8, Col. 1b

John Thomson's portrait of "Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget as Edward, the Black Prince" in costume is #146 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[6] The printing on the portrait says, "Colonel Arthur Paget as Edward the Black Prince."[8]

Gerald Gerald Paget[edit | edit source]

Gerald Paget Paget (at 237) was dressed as Marc Antony in the Oriental procession (both sources say Gerald Paget Paget).[3][4]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Arthur Fitzroy Paget was a colonel in 1897, a general in 1902.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "General Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget." "Person Page". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mary Stevens." "Person Page". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  5. “The Duchess of Devonshire’s Ball.” The Gentlewoman 10 July 1897 Saturday: 32–42 [of 76], Cols. 1a–3c [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery
  7. "Mrs. Arthur Paget as Cleopatra." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery
  8. "Colonel Arthur Paget as Edward the Black Prince." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery