Collections and Fonds – 3524830

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  • Record Information – Brief
    Title:
    Costumed group representing the voyages of the Norsemen at a historical ball. Ottawa, Ontario, February 1896
    Hierarchical level:
    Item
    Accession number:
    1936-270 NPC
    Type of material:
    Photographs
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
    Item number:
    3524830
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  • Date(s):
    [between 18-29 February, 1896].
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    Place:
    Ottawa (Ont.):
    Place of creation:
    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    Extent:
    1 photograph : b&w, glass plate negative ; 35.5 X 43.2 cm.
    Language of material:
    English
    Scope and content:
    Seated on the floor: Dr. Gibson; Mr. Hewett as ¿Sigurd the Bard.¿ First row: Miss Teresa Wilson; Lady Marjorie Gordon as ¿Freydis¿ in her white and gold dress and her mother¿s Celtic jewellery; Mrs. Strathy. Second row: Captain H.W. Wilberforce; Miss Aloise (Babe) Thompson; Miss Ebba Wetterman; Miss Helena Thompson; Mme Hector Prévost, with her beautiful loose hair, as ¿Gudrid.¿ Third row: Mr. Hingston; Robert Munro Ferguson; David Erskine as ¿Erik the Red¿ in the winged helmet that fell at Lady Aberdeen¿s feet during the group¿s dance; Captain Henderson; Captain John Sinclair; Mr. Thompson; Mr. Campbell.

    This group performed the first dance, a boisterous ¿polska¿ to the tune of a Scandinavian war song, at the Historical Fancy Dress Ball hosted by Lord and Lady Aberdeen on February 17, 1896. This group included the Aberdeens¿ aides-de-camp, their private secretary, and the children¿s governess; as well as the Aberdeens¿ fifteen-year-old daughter, Lady Marjorie Gordon, and two of her friends, daughters of the late Prime Minister John Thompson.
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    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Inscription: on negative in pen and ink: 71184 Vikings Dance.
    Exhibitions note:
    A reproduction of this photograph was made for the exhibition ¿The Fancy Ball¿. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2019.04.16 ¿ 2020.04.14.
    Subject heading:
    Source:
    Private
    Other system control no.:
    DAPDCAP463570
  • Conditions of access:
    Copy negative
    1936-270 NPC
    Terms of use:
    Credit: William James Topley / Library and Archives Canada / PA-137981
    Restrictions on use: Nil
    Copyright: Expired

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