Costumed group representing the voyages of the Norsemen at a historical ball. Ottawa, Ontario, February 1896

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    Hierarchical level:
    [between 18-29 February, 1896].
    Copy negative: PA-137981
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    1936-270 NPC
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  • Date(s):
    [between 18-29 February, 1896].
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    Ottawa (Ont.):
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    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    1 photograph : b&w, glass plate negative ; 35.5 X 43.2 cm.
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    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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    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 - 2021.03.29.
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    1936-270 NPC
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    Credit: William James Topley / Library and Archives Canada / PA-137981
    Restrictions on use: Nil
    Copyright: Expired

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