"snap-shots were snapped up by the press and reproduced "

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, images were sold of the so-called ‘beauties of the age,’ such as Lillie Langtry (1853-1929).

 

Born Emilie Le Breton, Mrs. Edward Langtry gained her nickname, “The Jersey Lily,” from a portrait of her by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896). Photographic portraits of her served to popularize her image.

 

Langtry, who became a famous mistress of Edward VII (1841-1910), moved in similar social circles to Beerbohm, and they had a mutual friend in Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).