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Yolande Marie Louise Lyne-Stephens (Pauline Duvernay): P.30-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Yolande Marie Louise Lyne-Stephens (Pauline Duvernay)


Printmaker: Boilvin, Emile
Painter: Carolus-Duran, Emile Auguste (After)




Two letters from Miss Rushforth relating to the gift are stored with the print. They provide some biographical detail; Yolande Marie Louise de Varnay (sometimes known as Pauline Duvernay) was a ballerina, trained by Marie Taglioni, and married Mr Lyne-Stephens, a wealthy Englishman in 1845. She moved to Lynford Hall, Near Norwich, Norfolk and when her husband died in 1861 she was left with a vast fortune. The widow formed a passionate attachment to a general who had been British Ambassador to France, which apparently caused a scandal. After the death of the general, Mrs Lyne-Stephens decided to give her money to charities and built the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge. Within the chruch is a bust of the widow and the coat of arms of her husband. The original portrait by Carolus-Duran was at some point on display in the church. Mrs Lyne-Stephens died in 1894.


History note: Given by Mrs Lyne-Stephens to Miss Rushforth's grandfather, then passed to her

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979-10) by Rushforth, M. K. (Miss)


Production date: AD 1890

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Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Image Height 397 mm Width 279 mm
Sheet Height 502 mm Width 381 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Carolus-Duran / Paris, 1888
  • Location: Image upper right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: E. Boilvin Sc.
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Y. Lyne-Stephens
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.30-1979
Primary reference Number: 81321
BN Inventaire (19thC): 78
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 2 March 2023 Last processed: Saturday 23 March 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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