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Miss Mary Adams

Miss Mary Adams

Miss Mary Adams was the daughter of Charles Francis Adams, the United States minister to the court of St. James.

The sitting that follows this one in the Silvy daybooks is a portrait of a Miss Chapman, wearing similar grand tenue. On 2 March 1863, the court circular in The Times carried a lengthy report of a Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace held by the Princess Royal on behalf of the Queen. Mrs Adams, wife of the United States minister, presented her daughter, Miss Adams, and Miss Anne Chapman, of Boston, Massachusetts.

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London, probably on 28 February 1863.

No date was entered in the Silvy daybooks for the sittings that took place between 24 February 1863 and 5 March 1863, so the exact date of the 80 sittings that took place between those dates is unknown. However, since this portrait fits so neatly with an event that took place on a known date, it seems likely that the sitters visited Silvy's studio on Saturday 28 February, on their way to the Palace.

From an album compiled by Elizabeth Van de Weyer, wife of Jean Sylvain Van de Weyer, Belgian ambassador to the Court of St. James. The family lived at New Lodge in Berkshire.


Code: 123842
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