Not currently on display at the V&A

Miniature

1895 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This miniature portrait shows Lady Cory, great jewellery collector and benefactor of the V&A, in 1895 when she was in her late twenties. She was born Jane Anne Gordon Lethbridge in 1866 and married Clifford Cory (of Cory Brothers & Co., colliery owners and oil refiners) in 1893. They had no children, and her extensive jewellery collection which included diamond jewellery from the Russian crown jewels was left to the V&A at her death in 1947 (museum numbers M.58to157-1951).

The portrait belonged to the nephew of Lady Cory's companion Georgina Sibbald, who as a child and young man often visited Lady Cory. He remembered her room full of musical automata that she would set in motion for him, and that on each visit she would give him a large white five pound note. He recalled that in her concern for animal welfare she made him promise never to go to a circus, a promise he kept throughout his life.

The artist Athelstane (or Athelstone) Basébé is recorded as exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1882 (living at 199 Brompton Road) and 1899 (living in Watford).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted ivory, gilt metal
Brief Description
Framed miniature of Mrs Clifford Cory, by A. Basébé, 1895
Physical Description
Rectangular miniature of a young woman in a blue and orange dress, wearing hair ornament, earrings, necklace and brooch, in a gilt metal frame.
Dimensions
  • Including suspension ring height: 126mm
  • Width: 84mm
  • Depth: 8mm
Marks and Inscriptions
MRS CLIFFORD CORY. APRIL 1895 / PAINTED BY A. BASEBE (engraved on the long edges of the frame)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Mae Sibbald
Subject depicted
Summary
This miniature portrait shows Lady Cory, great jewellery collector and benefactor of the V&A, in 1895 when she was in her late twenties. She was born Jane Anne Gordon Lethbridge in 1866 and married Clifford Cory (of Cory Brothers & Co., colliery owners and oil refiners) in 1893. They had no children, and her extensive jewellery collection which included diamond jewellery from the Russian crown jewels was left to the V&A at her death in 1947 (museum numbers M.58to157-1951).



The portrait belonged to the nephew of Lady Cory's companion Georgina Sibbald, who as a child and young man often visited Lady Cory. He remembered her room full of musical automata that she would set in motion for him, and that on each visit she would give him a large white five pound note. He recalled that in her concern for animal welfare she made him promise never to go to a circus, a promise he kept throughout his life.



The artist Athelstane (or Athelstone) Basébé is recorded as exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1882 (living at 199 Brompton Road) and 1899 (living in Watford).
Other Number
LOAN:MET ANON.13-2007 - Previous loan number
Collection
Accession Number
M.10-2010

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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