Lady Leven

From Paul Frecker; sepia tone removed and image enlarged by a quarter by gogm. Paul Frecker's not with this image states, "Identified verso as 'Lady Leven,' this is probably the second wife of John Thornton Leslie-Melville, 9th Earl of Leven. Born Sophia Thornton, fourth daughter of Henry Thornton M.P., she married John Thornton Leslie-Melville on 23 April 1834. One of her sons eventually succeeded his half-brother as 11th Earl of Leven.

Sophia, Countess of Leven and Melville, died on 28 June 1887, aged 81. The death was registered in the Wandsworth district of London."

Countess Sophia wears pagoda sleeves under her lace shawl, but they do not appear to be especially large dating this to the middle 1860s. Her crinoline has a moiré pattern.

Keywords:  Disdéri, Lady Leven, Thornton family, Leslie Melville family, Countess, British, straight coiffure, headdress, high neckline, collar, lace, three quarter length pagoda sleeves, long under-sleeves, crinoline, neck band, bracelets

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