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Mary Fiske Stevens was the eldest daughter of Paran and Marietta (Reed)  Stevens of Boston. After the death of her husband in 1872, Marietta  Stevens moved to New York City and became a leader of the glittering  high society of the 1870s and 1880s. Educated in New York and Paris,  Miss Mary Stevens was married in London in 1878 to a distinguished  English soldier, General Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1851-1928), a  brother of Lord Queensborough and close friend of King George V.  Lady  Paget was active in charity and relief work in England.  The subject is dressed as Cleopatra, the costume she wore to one of the  Delmonico Balls in New York City.  In mock ancient Egyptian costume,  including a headdress in imitation of Egyptian pharaohs, she is posed  against a background of palm trees, a river, and distant pyramids.   Paillet painted the miniature portrait after a photograph by Jose Maria  Mora (in the NYHS Library).

Mary Fiske Stevens was the eldest daughter of Paran and Marietta (Reed) Stevens of Boston. After the death of her husband in 1872, Marietta Stevens moved to New York City and became a leader of the glittering high society of the 1870s and 1880s. Educated in New York and Paris, Miss Mary Stevens was married in London in 1878 to a distinguished English soldier, General Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1851-1928), a brother of Lord Queensborough and close friend of King George V. Lady Paget was active in charity and relief work in England. The subject is dressed as Cleopatra, the costume she wore to one of the Delmonico Balls in New York City. In mock ancient Egyptian costume, including a headdress in imitation of Egyptian pharaohs, she is posed against a background of palm trees, a river, and distant pyramids. Paillet painted the miniature portrait after a photograph by Jose Maria Mora (in the NYHS Library).

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