Category Archives: 18th Century

Costume and Fashion History during the 18th Century. Clothing of the Late Baroque, Rococo, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Rose Bertin Minister of Fashion at the court of Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution fashion period of Incroyables and Merveilleuses. The Georgians and Regency period.

Comtesse de Provence in Robe de Cour, Moyen Panier 1778.

Countess, Provence, Galerie des Modes, rococo, fashion, costume, baroque,
Robe de Cour, Moyen Panier 1778. LA COMTESSE DE PROVENCE.

Marie-Josephine Louise Bénédicte of Savoy, Princess of Savoy and, through her marriage, Countess of Provence and wife of the pretender to the throne of France, was born in Turin on September 2, 1753 and died at Hartwell House (Hartwell, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) on November 13, 1810. Wife of Louis-Stanislas-Xavier of France, Count of Provence and future Louis XVIII, she escaped the French Revolution and ended her life in exile.

LA COMTESSE DE PROVENCE.
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Princess Lamballe. Tragedy of the French Revolution.

Princess, Lamballe, French Revolution,
Marie Therese Louise Lamballe, of Savoy, Princess of Carignan (1749 – 1792).

Historic tragedies have their lessons of instruction to after-generations; they tell their sad tales of sorrow and anguish, which make ears tingle and hearts weep in sympathy. They form graphic chapters in the history of our common humanity, however much we may reluctate to own the relationship. The mind almost refuses to believe that the dreadful scenes and tragedies of the French Revolution, so forcibly styled “the Reign of Terror,” occurred in Imperial Paris, the gorgeous capital of France, and the most fashionable emporium of the present modern world, and within the recollection of many persons now living, even among our friends and neighbors.

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Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Women pirates, 18th century.

Anne Bonny, famous, female, pirates,

Anne Bonny (c. 1697 – c. 1782).

A BRACE OF WOMEN PIRATES. WOMEN WHO POSED AS MEN.

THE life of a pirate on the high seas was hardly likely to attract even the most adventurous woman, yet according to records left by Captain Charles Johnson there were at least two who followed that calling, dressed in sailors’ clothes, and who lived and fought in desperate frays in the early eighteenth century.

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Chevalier Charles d’Éon de Beaumont.

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont. Chevalier d’Eon 1792. Painting by Thomas Stewart after Jean-Laurent Mosnier.

Chevalier Charles d’Éon.

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, known as “chevalier d’Éon” (1728- 1810) was a diplomat, spy, officer and man of letters from France.
He remained famous for his pronounced taste for transvestis, because he lived large parts of his life as a woman and had a lifelong reputation as an excellent fencer.

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