Anne, 6th Countess of Rosse
Anne Messel was born 8 February 1902, the second child and only daughter of Maud (daughter of Edward Linley Sambourne) and Leonard Messel. She was sister to Linley Messel (1899-1971) and celebrated theatrical designer Oliver Messel (1904-1978).
Marriage and Children
Anne made her debut in society in 1922 and three years later married Ronald Armstrong-Jones a barrister, with whom she had two children, Susan (b. 1927, later Viscountess Vesci), and Antony (b. 1930, later Earl of Snowdon). Anne and her husband separated in 1933.
On 19 September 1935, Anne married for a second time to Laurence Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, with whom she had two more sons, William and Martin.
The Victorian Society
At a Guy Fawkes night party in 1957, inspired by her house at 18 Stafford Terrace and the reaction of its visitors, Anne, Countess of Rosse proposed founding a Victorian Society to encourage the preservation and appreciation of what was then unfashionable art and architecture. A handful of enthusiasts, including Sir John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner, agreed to support the cause. The Victorian Society was founded at 18 Stafford Terrace in February 1958 with the aim of preserving Victorian and Edwardian architecture and encouraging research into the art and history of the period.
- De La Haye, Amy; Taylor, Lou; Thompson, Eleanor (2005). A Family of Fashion: The Messels: Six Generations of Dress. Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0856676101.