- Collection of 250 images of aristocracy during Victorian era was put together in a 32-page scrapbook
- Some feature famous faces such as Queen Victoria while others show noble families in informal poses
- They date from 1872-1918 and Lord Lucan is thought to have acquired the book after it was compiled
- Lucan vanished from his London home in 1974 after his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett was murdered
- It’s the second time album has gone up for auction in past 13 years – and it’s expected to fetch Â£1,000
- Auctioneers in Gloucestershire believe photo album was passed down through generations to Lucan
15:15, 8 April 2014
18:02, 8 April 2014
A unique photo album of the great and good of Victorian England thought to have been owned by Lord Lucan is expected to fetch Â£1,000 at auction.
The collection of 250 fascinating images of the aristocracy were put together in a 32-page scrapbook, which was once held by the fugitive aristocrat.
Some feature famous faces such as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert while others show noble families in more informal poses on days out.
The aristocracy at play: The Meade and Clanwilliam families pictured at the turn of the century, in one of many photographs from an album once owned by Lord Lucan
Monarch: Queen Victoria pictured laying the foundation stone to Mar Lodge a Scottish Highland Estate in Aberdeenshire on October 15, 1895
Posing for a photograph: From left, Edward Meade, RH Herbert Meade, RH Lord Clanwilliam and Arthur Meade pictured in 1904
Anyone for tennis? Lord Gillford with Lord and Lady Clanwilliam at Admiralty House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1885
Some of the images in the book – put up for auction by a mystery ‘photography dealer’ – have been cut around like a scrapbook to fit them all into it.
They date from 1872 to 1918 and John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan – known as Lord Lucan – is thought to have acquired the book after it was compiled.
The photo album was passed down to him by his father George Charles Patrick Bingham, 6th Earl of Lucan, who was given it by his parents.
expert Chris Albury, of Dominic Winter auctioneers in South Cerney,
Gloucestershire, said it was an impressive collection.
He added: âThe album is full of portraits from nobles and some royals from the turn of the 20th century.
Fashions of the era: Lady Beatrice Meade and Lady Adelaide Meade (left) and Hon Edward Meade holding George Colville (right) in 1904
Sitting back: Lord Clanwilliams and his four daughters relax at Abergeldie Castle near Crathie, Aberdeenshire, in 1901
Relative values: The Meade and Clanwilliam families pictured at the turn of the century
Impressive whiskers: Lord Charles Scott pictured in 1881 (left) and The Duke of York, Princess of Wales and Princess Victoria (right)
âA few of the pictures have also been signed by the photographer which is pretty typical of the time.
know the images belonged to Lord Lucan because we sold the same album
in 2001 and there was a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest so. Â
âMy personal favourite is a shot of Queen Victoria, it’s pretty amazing.â
family names that turn up most frequently in the photo album are
Clanwilliam and Meade, with Lucan being on the latter’s family tree.
Expensive tastes: Launch of Prince Henry of Battenberg’s yacht Asphodel by Lady Elizabeth Meade in Cowes, Isle of Wight
High class: HRH Prince Albert Victor of Wales pictured in 1881 (left), and HRH Prince of Wales with Venus his dog and The Duke of York (right)
Painting the scene: Lady Ilchester and Lady Bridport pictured in October 1904 on the bank of Loch Rannoch Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Royalty: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale the grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince George (left) and Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the third son of Queen Victoria, pictured in Canada in 1870 (right)
His grandparents were Captain
Honourable Edward Dawson of the Royal Navy, who was married to a Lady
Elizabeth Selina Georgiana Meade.
Albury added: âI imagine therefore that itâs gone by descent to his
father and then him, but thereâs no ownership description to prove that.
âIt definitely belonged to his family forebears – but how much he knew about it is not entirely clear.â
vanished from his home in London’s Belgravia in 1974 after his
childrenâs nanny Sandra Rivett was murdered after being mistaken for his
Transport: HRH The Duchess of York and her children (left) and Lady Clanwilliam and Elizabeth Meade getting on a tram in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1891 (right)
With her cat: Mary of Teck who became Princess of Wales, pictured on November 9, 1901
Mysterious: Lord Lucan (left) allegedly mistook his childrenâs nanny Sandra Rivett (right) for his wife Veronica, from whom he was estranged, and hit her with lead piping
It is believed that Lucan, a professional gambler, mistook Mrs Rivett for his wife Veronica, from whom he was estranged, and hit her with lead piping.
Lucan telephoned his mother, asking her to collect his children, and then drove to a friendâs house in East Sussex.
He left hours later and was never seen again. His brother Hugh Bingham said last year that Lucan died in 2004 and is buried in Africa.
The album has an estimated sale price of between Â£700 and Â£1,000 and is being sold by Dominic Winter on Thursday.
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