Lillie Langtry jumped right into London society..

.. taking it by storm.  In 1877 Lillie’s brother had married Alice, the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Jones, the 7th Viscount Ranelagh who was a friend of their father.  She was in mourning on the day of the wedding for her youngest brother who had been killed in a riding accident, so when she met the Viscount, she was wearing a plain and simple black dress with no jewelry.

The “little black dress” would later become her trademark.

That evening artist Frank Miles made a drawing of her that would later become a popular postcard.  Another guest, Sir John Millais, also from Jersey, eventually painted her portrait.

(Sketch: the 1877 portrait of Lillie by Frank Miles)