Hunting stop, painted for the dining room of the Petit apartments of Louis XV, King of France (1715-1774), in Fontainebleau (Ile-de-France) 1737.
Bal de l’Opéra 1804.
Illustration by Jean-Francois Bosio (1764-1827), chrome lithography by Gaulard. Composition pour le “Journal des Dames”.Continue reading
Odette de Champdivers and Charles VI.
After the painting by Albrecht de Vriendt.
Odette de Champdivers (* about 1385 in Burgundy; † 1424 in Paris), called La Petite Reine, was mistress of the French king Charles VI and previously of his brother, Louis de Valois, duc d’Orléans.Continue reading
France. Peasant woman from the surroundings of Neuwiller-lès-Saverne (Département Bas-Rhin), 1801.
The village of Neuwiller-lès-Saverne owes its origins to a Benedictine abbey founded in 723 by Saint Sigebaud, Bishop of Metz.Continue reading
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.
Merveilleuse and Incroyable. French fashion of the Directoire.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
THE PARISIAN LADY. FEMME COMME IL FAUT.
By Honoré de Balzac, 1840.