Paul Frecker
Fine Photographs

Miss Carson
21 May 1863

Volume 10, page 235, sitting number 13,308.

[Identified in the Silvy daybooks as 'Miss Carson,' this is probably Miss Mary Wilhelmina Carson. She had previously sat for Silvy on 13 May 1862.]

Mary Wilhelmina Carson was the elder of the two daughters of James and Sarah Carson. She was born in or about 1841 at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

The family appear on the 1861 and 1871 censuses, living at Spinfield House at Great Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

On 18 September 1873 at St George's Church in Hanover Square she married 'Mr Joseph Henry Warner, barrister-at-law, and major of the Middlesex Rifle Volunteers.' According to a long and detailed account of the ceremony: 'The bride's dress was of rich white satin, made in the style of Henri Quatre, elegantly trimmed with deep flounces of Brussels point lace (the gift of her mother), bouillonne and ruches of tulle, finished with bows of satin and orange flowers, long tulle veil ornamented at the four corners with sprays of orange blossom, wreath composed of orange blossom, myrtle, and jasmine; ornaments, magnificent set of pearls, the gift of the bridegroom, and handsome gold bracelet with pearls and crossed with diamonds, the gift of her brother, Captain Carson. [...] The bride and bridegroom left at three o'clock for Dover, en route for North Italy, amidst a shower of rice and slippers' (Bucks Herald, 4 October 1873). Their marriage produced two sons. 

Educated at Eton and Balliol, her husband was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1863 and in 1872 was appointed counsel to the chairman of committees of the House of Lords. He was knighted in 1892 and died at Lausanne on 5 July 1897 (The Globe, 7 July 1897). He left an estate valued at £17,626. His widow, aged 59, appears on the 1901 census living at 62 Eaton Square.

Lady Carson died on 12 July 1917 at 62 Eaton Square, leaving effects valued at £5947.

code: cs1894
Mary Carson, Mary Wilhelmina Carson, James Simpson Carson, Joseph Henry Warner, Mary Wilhelmina Warner, Carson, Camille Silvy, Silvy