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Marquess of Lorne
John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne (1845-1914),
son-in-law of Queen Victoria through his marriage to Princess Louise.

John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne and later 9th Duke of Argyll, married Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter Louise at Windsor in 1871. The marriage was not a success, partly, no doubt, due to the fact that the groom was homosexual. After the turbulent early years of their marriage, the couple eventually reached a modus vivendi. While maintaining a façade of bourgeois respectability, Louise found fulfilment as a painter and sculptor, Lorne as a writer of books on travel. From 1878 to 1883, he was Governor-General of Canada, an appointment that was one of Disraeli's early experiments in imperial statecraft. Disraeli believed a royal princess resident in Canada would strengthen the links between crown and dominion. Ironically, Louise was a disaster - she hated colonial society and constantly invented excuses to absent herself. Lorne, however, performed creditably. He died at Kent House on the Isle of Wight in 1914.

Photographed by H. S. Mendelssohn of Pembridge Crescent, London, identified by a blindstamp in the lower right-hand corner of the print, recto in the lower margin, and verso by the studio’s backplate.

condition: The print shows a very small amount of spotting, all of it peripheral, but is otherwise in excellent
condition with good tonal range. The mount is in excellent condition. A pencilled inscription verso identifies the sitter.
price:  £40
code: cab05
Marquess of Lorne, John Cambell, Princess Louise, Mendelssohn, Duke of Argyll
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