The group of photographs rotating above, are of Arthur Markham's family taken on the occasion of Joyous Markham's first birthday in July 1902. Sir Arthur Markham, baronet, lived at Stuffynwood Hall from 1898 to 1907. He was elected Liberal MP for Mansfield in 1900. Seated right in the family group, is his wife, Lady Lucy (nee Cunningham) who became a famous London charity fund raiser & socialite as well as a popular hostess for the Liberal Party. Sat next to Lucy is her sister in law, Liberal Party activist for social reform, Violet Markham. Seated left is Charles Paxton Markham whose coal, iron & steel and shipbuilding companies had no less than 100,000 employees! Charles is also pictured in the rear yard of Stuffynwood Hall sat in the car, which I have identified as a very early Daimler. The car had no registration plate, which confirms the photograph is pre-1903. Standing left is Arthur Markham who is also pictured holding Joyous at the front of the hall and also seated on the lawn. Sadly, Joyous died in Warsaw during childbirth at the age of 28, where she was wife to Count Edward Raczynski, whom, between 1979-1986 served as the President of Poland in exile and lived to the grand old age of 101. The lady standing to the right is Rosa Markham, Arthur's mother and daughter of Sir Joseph Paxton, the man who famously designed the Great Exhibition Centre (Crystal Palace) that opened in 1851. After successfully growing giant lily pads in the glass houses of the Chatsworth Estate, where he was head gardener and close friend of the Duke of Devonshire, he noticed that the plant could support the weight of a child. He copied the design of the plant's webbing and built a spacious 'glass house' incorporating a roof made of an expanse of glass & steel that became the forerunner of the National Exhibition Centre.
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