On the evening after this portrait, the Countess’s husband was reported to have attended the quarterly convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England. The portrait shows the Countess dressed for an occasion but not the same one as her husband would be attending.
Of the Countess’s obvious beauty, Daisy of Pless with a hint of rivalry later wrote that the Countess: “was not of a type of beauty that appealed particularly to me – being perhaps too much like my own. She had masses of blonde hair, perfect features and complexion, exquisite eyes, hands and feet…”
Known to all society as one of the “most tempestuous and most fascinating of the Prince of Wales’s great ladies” and one of the fastest women in the “fast set”, the Countess had led a carefree life until her own costume ball in 1895 when she was criticised in print for her extravagance and lack of philanthropy.
Although at first incensed by the article, she shortly became converted to socialism and it was said that “her … advocacy of the redistribution of property was backed by long experience in the redistribution of spouses.”
The Duchess of Connaught in 1904 wrote that Lady Warwick was the most complete Edwardian even though she did not maintain the tradition of discretion and “danced outside the pale.”