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Description found in Archives

Costumed group representing the voyages of the Norsemen at an historical ball. Ottawa, Ontario, February 1896. 


[between 18-29 February, 1896]

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 photograph : 35.5 X 43.2 cm.

Scope and content

Seated on the floor: Dr. Gibson; Mr. Hewett as "Sigurd the Bard." First row: Miss Teresa Wilson; Lady Marjorie Gordon as "Freydis" in her white and gold dress and her mother's Celtic jewelry; Mrs. Strathy. Second row: Captain H.W. Wilberforce; Miss Aloise (Babe) Thompson; Miss Ebba Wetterman; Miss Helena Thompson; Mme Hector Prévost, with her beautiful loose hair, as "Gudrid." Third row: Mr. Hingston; Robert Munro Ferguson; David Erskine as "Erik the Red" in the winged helmet that fell at Lady Aberdeen's feet during the group's dance; Captain Henderson; Captain John Sinclair; Mr. Thompson; Mr. Campbell. This group performed the first dance, a boisterous "polska" to the tune of a Scandinavian war song, at the Historical Fancy Dress Ball hosted by Lord and Lady Aberdeen on February 17th, 1896. This group included the Aberdeens' aides-de-camp, their private secretary, and the children's governess; as well as the Aberdeen's fifteen-year-old daughter, Lady Marjorie Gordon, and two of her friends, daughters of the late Prime Minister John Thompson.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-137981
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Other accession no.
1936-270 NPC

Terms of use

Credit: William James Topley / Library and Archives Canada / PA-137981.
Restrictions on use: Nil
Copyright: Expired.

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Inscription: on negative in pen and ink: 71184 Vikings Dance

Subject heading

1. Sports & Amusements - Balls & Dances.
2. Sports & Amusements - Masquerades.
3. Costume.


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