Category Archives: Peerage

The last jetsetter

What Dado Ruspoli actually did, apart from live fabulously, is difficult to say. He had a handful of small acting roles, including a part in The Godfather Part III, he was a generous patron of performers and artists who captured his imagination, but as for a “real” job, he claimed he “never had time”.

The last jetsetter

What Dado Ruspoli actually did, apart from live fabulously, is difficult to say. He had a handful of small acting roles, including a part in The Godfather Part III, he was a generous patron of performers and artists who captured his imagination, but as for a “real” job, he claimed he “never had time”.

At home with the Duke of Portland

Bentinck, after his brush with normality in early life, became a recluse, apparently after being rebuffed by an actress. Why the reclusive duke, who shunned all society and even built doors on his bed, should for example build a vast ballroom underground, is just one of the mysteries of Welbeck.

At home with the Duke of Portland

Bentinck, after his brush with normality in early life, became a recluse, apparently after being rebuffed by an actress. Why the reclusive duke, who shunned all society and even built doors on his bed, should for example build a vast ballroom underground, is just one of the mysteries of Welbeck.

The countess in the cinema

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if photographer Joel-Peter Witkin went back in time to Blood of a Poet-era Jean Cocteau and convinced him that steampunk was the way forward (and who among us hasn’t?), you’re about to find out.

The countess in the cinema

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if photographer Joel-Peter Witkin went back in time to Blood of a Poet-era Jean Cocteau and convinced him that steampunk was the way forward (and who among us hasn’t?), you’re about to find out.

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.

At home with the Baron de Redé

In the 21st century Redé had himself become something of a museum piece, remnant of a vanished milieu for whom a well-laid table was the greatest good to which humanity could aspire. “Most of the world moves too fast for hand-made shoes, and elegant luncheons,” he reflected sadly, before dying in 2004.

At home with the Baron de Redé

In the 21st century Redé had himself become something of a museum piece, remnant of a vanished milieu for whom a well-laid table was the greatest good to which humanity could aspire. “Most of the world moves too fast for hand-made shoes, and elegant luncheons,” he reflected sadly, before dying in 2004.

Dress-down Friday: Felix Yusupov

Felix Yusupov was a Russian prince from a stupendously wealthy family, best remembered for his role in the 1916 assassination of Rasputin.

Dress-down Friday: Felix Yusupov

Felix Yusupov was a Russian prince from a stupendously wealthy family, best remembered for his role in the 1916 assassination of Rasputin.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.