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Costume and Fashion in 1792

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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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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George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont 1751-1837.

Portrait George O'Brien Wyndham. French Revolution History. Directoire costume.

George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont 1751-1837. British peer and a major landowner.

George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont 1751-1837.

As a young man Wyndham was a playboy and had numerous affairs, including with Elizabeth Lamb. Especially known however, he was a patron, especially by William Turner. In 1802 he acquired a first paintings of Turner, which is known as Egremont Seapiece today. In the following years he acquired more images Turners, who was often a guest in Petworth House. Although with increasing age politically conservative, Wyndham was a close friend of the Whig opposition leader Charles James Fox and paid a portion of his gambling debts. Wyndham himself was politically not very active and rarely attended the meetings of the House of Lords. Wyndham was considered extremely generous and charitable. He supported the construction of hospitals, schools and the town hall of Petworth. He even put little value on status and titles, and often invited to eat simple peasant in his mansion one. For the people around Petworth he organized a grand celebration in his park, during which the largest in May 1834 6.000 people were boarded. The title Earl of Egremont inherited by his nephew George Francis Wyndham, but died without male heirs of 1845, so the title became extinct.

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Portrait of Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823).

Portrait Grace Dalrymple Elliott. French Revolution History. Directoire costume. Mistress.

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823). Mistress of the Duke of Orléans.

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823). Mistress of the Duke of Orléans.

Lady Grace Dalrymple Elliott born around 1754-1823, was a Scottish courtesan who witnessed the events of the French Revolution in France. She was the mistress of the Prince of Wales and later British King George IV., and of Louis-Philippe II. Joseph de Bourbon, duc d’Orléans.

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French Revolution street scene 1792

Directoire. French Revolution History. 18th century costumes

French Revolution street scene 1792

French Revolution street scene 1792.

Parisian citizen costumes during the reign of terror.

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