Herbert, 14th Earl of Pembroke and 11th Earl of Montgomery (1853-1913)
rich and the owner of paintings by van Dyck, Rubens, Reynolds
and many other old masters, his 45,000 acres in England and Ireland
gave him the fantastic annual income of approximately £80,000.
As well as
meeting Daisy at the Devonshire House Ball of 1897, the highlights
of the English social season brought the Pembrokes and Plesses
together at various house parties and sporting events.
was an impeccable product of the British system, educated at Eton
and Oxford, who followed the standard career route of the aristocracy
– first serving in the army, followed by a period of “public
service” in politics. At the time of this photograph, he
was a courtier.
his sister, Lady de Grey, and the “Marlborough House Set”
of friends around King Edward VII were known for their relaxed
attitude, the Earl of Pembroke still appears to personify the
rigid respectability of the court of Queen Victoria and her
husband, the Prince Consort.