Court dress for investiture.jpg | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Court dress for investiture.jpg

Court dress for investiture.jpg

Sir James Russell studio photo taken in London on the occasion of his knighthood in 1890, or his CMG in 1887.  The medal on his left lapel appears to be the Order of St Michael and St George.

I've been puzzled by the subject's youthfull appearance.  He was 50 years of age when he was knighted, and retired due to ill health 2 years later, yet the picture has a very smooth face and looks younger and health.  Closer examination of the picture magnified shows that the cheek has been retouched, but it is still possible to see wrinkles under his chin which were missed by the retoucher!


Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Wednesday, January 1, 1890


Appointed CMG in the 1887 Golden Jubilee Honours announced on 21 June 1887.

Appointed Knight Bachelor (the lowest order of Knighthood) in Queen Victoria's Birthday Honours of 1889  published in the London Gazette 24 May 1889