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Margaret Whigham, Jeanne Stourton at Vacanis matinee

Margaret Whigham, Jeanne Stourton at Vacanis matinee


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Margaret Whigham, Jeanne Stourton at Vacanis matinee

A group dressed as lawn tennis girls of the 1880s for the charity matinee performance at the Pavilion Theatre of pupils of Madame Vacanis dancing school. This group shows Miss Betty Coates, Miss Jeanne Stourton and Miss Margaret Whigham. Margaret Whigham, aged sixteen in this picture, was to become debutante of the year the when she came out. She was later the celebrated Mrs Charles Sweeny, and then, on her second marriage, the Duchess of Argyll, who divorce case in 1963 scandalised the country. Jeanne and Margaret were friends and their close physical resemblance to each other was often remarked upon in the press. Date: 1929

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Argyll Charity Dancers Dressed Duchess Jeanne Madame Margaret Matinee Players Sep19 Sixteen Stourton Sweeny Tableaux Teenager Tennis Whigham


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This enchanting photograph captures the youthful exuberance of Miss Margaret Whigham and Miss Jeanne Stourton as they gracefully perform in the tableaux dance at Madame Vacanis charity matinee in 1929. Dressed as lawn tennis girls of the 1880s, they are among a group of pupils from Madame Vacanis dancing school, entertaining the audience at the Pavilion Theatre. At sixteen years old, Margaret was already turning heads and would go on to become the Debutante of the Year when she came out. Her life was filled with many transformations; she later married Charles Sweeny and became Mrs. Sweeny, and then, on her second marriage, she became the Duchess of Argyll. Jeanne, her friend and close confidante, shared a striking resemblance to Margaret, a fact often noted by the press. This image offers a glimpse into their past, before their lives took unexpected turns that would make headlines in the years to come.

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