Category Archives: Ancien Régime

Ancien Régime. Early modernity all over Europe before the French Revolution of 1789, a term representative for absolutism.

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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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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