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Group shot of guests at a Fancy Dress Ball held at Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford. Particularly like the gentleman who seems to be focussed on levitating the two ladies seated in front of him!

Date: Friday, 10 January 1902

NLI Ref.: PWP370

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Brian Mulligan.me

    • 10/Jan/2012 12:11:02

    it looks like the all dressed up as, eh, each other!

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    Swordscookie

    • 10/Jan/2012 12:26:21

    He's dressed as Robespierre and is measuring their heads for the guillotine!

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    patricia sahertian

    • 10/Jan/2012 14:38:20

    what an amazing photo, they really knew how to make costumes then.

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    Ultraman4612

    • 10/Jan/2012 17:04:25

    now this is just too...funny? good? i dont know but i like it.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jan/2012 17:18:59

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/int0lerant http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie http://www.flickr.com/photos/studio-ps http://www.flickr.com/photos/gizzyspics Tune in tomorrow to the same Bat Channel to see at least some of these people in very different costume on the day after the Fancy Dress Ball...

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 10/Jan/2012 18:44:36

    Amazing group portrait in B&W and such wonderful details, maybe he is sleep-walking.. ha ha!!!

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    HarborIndiana

    • 10/Jan/2012 19:47:03

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie This is delightful! I think the man in question might be dressed as Franz Anton Mesmer , applying his animal magnetism on the two beauties below. In fact, I am wondering if this party had a"historical " theme : the woman standing on the far left seems to be doing a Queen Victoria.The woman seated far right might be the widowed Victoria as well. Just a thought... Thanks. Cant wait to see the next one!

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    Swordscookie

    • 10/Jan/2012 20:08:19

    Harborindiana - I had thought of Mesmer also as he would have been topical in the period when the fancy dress was based but I always fancied being able to say off with their heads and nobody did it better that old Robey! I reckon the standing lady is Queen Vic but does the seated look like a guy in drag???? No the more I look at it the standing one is as a nurse or nanny and looks more of a drag queen than the one seated. Now I'm thoroughly confused;-)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jan/2012 20:42:38

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie You're thoroughly confused? My work is done! :D I think you and http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] are inspired to come up with Mesmer! It had genuinely never entered my head...

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    HarborIndiana

    • 10/Jan/2012 21:15:38

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thanks! Ah, but who is the fellow next to Mesmer? Mozart? The Pimpernel ? That will keep me up nights! The woman second on right looks to be some sort of crusader . Suffrage ?Temperance? An Evangelical ? Forgive my Yank Ignorance,but was there a popular Irish woman-with-a cause like our Carrie Nation at this time ? http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Ah, Robey! What are we to make of a man who said Pity is treason ... Are you saying our Victorias are Victors!? I think not. The bones are much finer. Having said that, I must admit that the one in black reminds me a bit of a young Jack Lemmon. Maybe I should see a doctor. At any rate, Queen Victoria died just the year before, so, she might have been a popular choice.

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    instinctive mind

    • 10/Jan/2012 21:30:32

    Nice Classic Photo. Lovely group of Ladies and maybe two Gentlemen?

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Jan/2012 09:31:03

    Harborindiana our suffragette's or female rebels at that time, or the most prominent ones at any rate, were Countess Constance Markeviecz (nee Gore-Booth) and Maud Gonne, both from the same social plane as these people but probably of a very different mindset. I cannot imagine them being extolled at a fancy dress in any of the salons of the upper middle class or the aristocracy most of whom would have been unionist!

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    HarborIndiana

    • 11/Jan/2012 19:47:52

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Thank you ! Quite illuminating . I will look into those names. I have two questions: 1) if not a suffragette ,then what might be the nature of that woman's costume? And 2) rather than being extolled, might the suffragette's costume be worn in a spirit of "innocent merriment " and playful mockery ? At any rate, thanks again! I am going to guess that the woman third on the right , is dressed as lovely Empress Maria Feodorovna. http://www.flickr.com/photos/titania1837/6603145785/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2012 20:37:42

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] This is a relative of the lovely Empress (née Princess Dagmar of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg). It's Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein...

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Jan/2012 20:48:24

    I'm getting a bit "puggled" here as our much loved drill sergeant used to say. The woman second on the right seated is wearing a Japanese Kimono and the woman second on the right standing is not a woman but a man in a Dracula costume (I think????) The likelihood of either lady's costume being worn by ardent unionists is like an English prince going to a fancy dress as a Nazi in full brownshirt uniform ooooooh but that did happen,still not very likely. These nice people may not have been unionists and might have done so but I don't think that man is acting as a suffragette!

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    HarborIndiana

    • 11/Jan/2012 20:54:01

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I wasnt aware Dracula wore a woman's hat. Perhaps you are referring to Drag-ula. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland So, this is a mistake on the original photo as well?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2012 20:58:51

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Just this minute showed the person second from the right to an innocent bystander, and he plumped for that being a man not a woman. However, it looks like genuine long hair, rather than a wig. Also wondering if the costume is actually more Shakespearean than modern like this one from Bessborough House...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2012 21:00:14

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] What? You've lost me... :)

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    HarborIndiana

    • 11/Jan/2012 21:02:47

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Apologies: You said " this is a relative of the lovely Empress (née Princess Dagmar of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg). It's Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein..." However, on the photo I shared, it says it is Dagmar. So, I was wondering if you are saying it's incorrect. Also, while http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie has convinced me of my folly,might this dark man/woman second from right be a temperance crusader, or some sort of bluenose who was been popular at the time ?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jan/2012 21:10:38

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ah, with you now. The link you gave is indeed a photo of Princess Dagmar. The link I gave is to a photo of another member of the Schleswig-Holstein family, Princess Marie Louise, who was a relative of Princess Dagmar's, perhaps a cousin?

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    HarborIndiana

    • 11/Jan/2012 21:27:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland You just asked a question about the House of Schleswig- Holstein to a dude from Los Angeles ! I don't think that happens a lot...:-)

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Jan/2012 22:46:09

    I was looking at that costume again and what came to mind was a judicial or legal robe from some of the continental countries. We don't know what colour it is but if that was red it would/could be the robes of a judge or lawyer from France or the Benelux countries! As regards Harborindiana's last point, LA is the home of Hollywood where all these people like Nero, Spartacus, Caesar, Jesus etc got their American accents! Naturally we'd expect you to know all about the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburger- Hohenzollerns;-D

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    HarborIndiana

    • 11/Jan/2012 22:49:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Dude, Hohenzollerns are , like, so 1995!

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    Philip Ward

    • 12/Jan/2012 02:13:10

    Drag-ula is wearing a wedding ring.So given the time period is likely to be of the female persuasion.

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    Swordscookie

    • 12/Jan/2012 08:31:26

    I had noted that fact Philip and there is a slight curve to the bosom though at that time it was likely to be boosted by undergarments as in the case of the two "ladies" either side! The stance is most definitely masculine, in a thousand women I doubt you would get one who would stand arms at the sides like that? Then again the lovely Carol did comment on the length of the hair though it is not that long. Perhaps the subject is 'puggled'as I am????