Category Archives: Empire

German and French Empire fashion 19th Century.

Regency fashion. German costumes 19th century.  French First Empire fashion.

German and French fashion. First Empire costumes.

German and French Empire fashion. Regency period. First third of the 19th Century.

Top row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1809 bis 1812. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of the years 1802 1803 and 1804.
Bottom row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1802 bis 1804. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1808 and 1809. Empire style.

On the history of costumes. Münchener Bilderbogen. Edited by Braun and Schneider 1860.

Virginie Ancelot. French writer and painter.

Virginie Ancelot. Famous woman during French empire period hairstyle. Early feminist.

Virginie Ancelot 1792-1875

Virginie Ancelot 1792-1875. French writer and painter.

Virginie Ancelot, origin. Marguerite-Louise Ancelot was a French writer and painter. Ancelot came from an old established family in Dijon, her father was the deputy N. Chardon.
With twelve years Ancelot was allowed to travel to Paris in 1804 to learn the painting in various studios. There she met the writer Jacques-François Ancelot and married him in 1818. With him she had a daughter, Louise Edmée who later married the lawyer Charles Lachaud (1817-1882).
Until the death of her husband in 1854 her salon in the Rue de Lille, the hotel lounge of La Rochefoucauld, was was one of the last great literary salons of Paris and a popular weekly meeting place for writers and artists.
It was the meeting place of Pierre-Edouard Lemontey, Lacretelle, Alphonse Daudet, Baour Lormian, Victor Hugo, Sophie Gay and daughter Delphine de Girardin, Henri de Rochefort-Luçay, Melanie Waldor, actress Rachel,  Jacques Babinet, Juliette Recamier, Anaïs Ségalas, François Guizot , Saint-Simon, Alfred de Musset, Stendhal, Chateaubriand, Alphonse de Lamartine, Alfred de Vigny, Prosper Mérimée, Eugene Delacroix, and was almost a prerequisite for the French Academy.

Her daughter Louise Ancelot (1825-1887) married in 1844 Charles Lachaud (1817-1882), a famous lawyer who distinguished himself in large lawsuits of the nineteenth century, including Marie Lafarge*.

Her great-grand-son Jean Sangnier (1912-2011), was head of press of the french resistance. After the beginning of World War II, he founded together with Emilien Amaury (1909-1977), Max André and Jean Raymond Lawrence (1890-1969), the resistance group, Groupe de Lille qui accueillera Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves. He publishes under the German Occupation underground newspapers and speeches of General de Gaulle.
After the Liberation, he participated in the creation of the newspaper Ouest-France (1944), directs the newspaper Marie France (1947-1983) and is also director of the newspaper l’Équipe. Jean Sangnier founded the Institute Marc-Sangnier in 1990 for perpetuating the work of his father (Roman Catholic thinker, politician, theologian and jurist, one of the liberal Catholic movement 1894 – Le Sillon (The Furrow) – founded. Sangnier founded a daily newspaper, La Démocratie, which advocated the equality of women, as well as proportional representation in elections for pacifism.)

*Marie Lafarge Fortunée born in 1816 as Marie Cappelle Fortunée, † 1852, was a French poisoner. The trial of Marie Lafarge, which has been accused of having her husband Charles Lafarge poisoned by arsenic, became the world’s first trial with a verdict on the basis of toxicological and chemical evidence. The court case split France into two camps. A few years after the conviction appeared pamphlets and books in which followers of both camps advocated passionately for their cause. The 1841 first published autobiography Lafarge became a bestseller.


 The Salons of Paris in the 18th century.
The Salon of Madame Récamier. Fashion under the French Revolution. 

Gallery: Famous French women during the 17th and 18th century

Early feminist. More: French Portail des femmes, English Portal:Feminism (Wikipedia)

Marguerite Victoire Babois, French writer 1760-1839

Marguerite Victoire Babois, French writer, Portrait, Artist during French empire period.

Marguerite Victoire Babois 1760-1839

Marguerite Victoire Babois, French writer 1760-1839

Victory Babois Marguerite, born October 6, 1760 in Versailles, died March 18, 1839 in Paris was a French writer, author of elegies and other poems which have placed her name at the forefront of French elegiac poets.
Victory Babois was born into a family of merchants. She is the niece of the poet Jean-François Ducis.
Victory Babois does not publish literary works before the age of thirty. It was her uncle who had driven her to write. She published her first elegies in 1805, the year of the death of her daughter, although they were written between 1792 and 1795. Her works have been collected under the title „ Élégies et poésies diverses „ (1810). She stops her literary career in 1836, due to medical problems.

Gallery: Famous French women during the 17th and 18th century
Early feminist. More: French Portail des femmes, English Portal:Feminism

Coiffure Fantaisie Empire. Madame Lebrun.

Madame Lebrun. France Empire hairstyle. French 19th century fashion

Coiffure Fantaisie Empire

Coiffure Fantaisie Empire. Madame Lebrun. 19th century fashion.

French empire hairstyle.

„Album de coiffures histories“ by E. Nissy. Published 1890 by Albert Brunet.

Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun 1755 -1842 was a French painter of classicism. She is said to have been one of the most beautiful women of Paris at a young age. At 15 she earned her money through professional portraits. 1778, she made a portrait of Marie Antoinette, deeply impressed by her knowledge, placed an order for more portraits of the royal family.

Painting by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. French rococo period fashion

“Marie-Antoinette with the Rose” French rococo period

1783, she became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture against fierce resistance on the part of the male members. Only by order of Louis XVI. they were forced to after Marie-Antoinette had asked him to. During the French Revolution, on the night of the 6th Oktober 1789 they fled first to Italy, then to Austria and finally exiled to Russia. In each of these countries, they quickly found access to the local nobility and courtyards. She produced numerous portraits which earned her a stately income. In 1802, after 12 years, she returned to Paris.

Read online: Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun
Free Ebooks: Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun / translated by Lionel Strachey; illustrated with reproductions of paintings by the authoress (1903)
Souvenirs de Madame Louise-Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun Volume 1 Volume 2 (French)
Heroines of French society in the court, the revolution, the empire and the restoration – Bearne, Catherine Mary Charlton, d. 1923.
I. Madame Vigée Le Brun.–II. La marquise de Montagu.–III. Madame Tallieu.–IV. Madame de Genlis