public, she played a large part in the rejuvenation of the opera
scene in London and counted Melba, Diaghilev, the de Reszke
brothers and Nijinsky among her friends - something akin to
scandalous at the time as aristocratic ladies did not mix with
theatre people. Lord de Grey is not on record as having raised
any objections to her parties or behaviour.
As inveterate modernisers, the de Greys were naturally interested
in the new technology represented by the automobile, and along
with Lady Randolph Churchill and Daisy’s brother, George
Cornwallis-West, they were early car owners.
this 1905 image, made for The Car Illustrated, the
couple are photographed standing next to their Napier motor
car in the grounds of their home, Coombe Court, Surrey, which
was later immortalised in the English novelist John Galsworthy’s