Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes.

Malesherbes. Portrait French Revolution History costume.

Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes 1721-1794.

Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes 1721-1794.

French statesman, minister, and afterwards counsel for the defence of Louis XVI.

Chrétien-Guillaume studied law. Due to his achievements in 1750 he was appointed president of the cour des aides of the Paris Parliament. 1741, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the Parliament of Paris. He married in 1749 Françoise Thérèse de la Grimod Reynière (1732-1771). He kept in touch with the literary leaders in Paris, especially with Denis Diderot, Friedrich Melchior Grimm. Malesherbes was a passionate botanist. At the age of 24 he studied botany with Bernard de Jussieu. His avenue planted at Château de Malesherbes was exceptional and was elected already in 1750 as a member of the Académie des sciences.
The King Louis XVI, increasingly in political difficulties, wanted his support and appointed him to the cabinet in 1787, the Conseil du roi de France. With François Tronchet and Raymond de Sèze he took over the defense of the King before the Convention, national convention, he finally brought the king the news of his condemnation. On Wednesday, April 23, 1794, he was guillotined.

Gallery: Portraits by people during the French Revolution

 Louis XIV. , Louis XV. , Louis XVI., Baroque, Rococo, Directoire, French Revolution, Regency, Empire, Restoration or Romanticism fashion era. German Biedermeier.


  1. The French Fashion History.
  2. Reign of Charles IX. 1560 to 1574. (Tudor, Renaissance, Spanish court dress)
  3. Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589. (Renaissance, early Baroque, Spanish court dress, Tudor)
  4. Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII. 1589 to 1643. (Baroque)
  5. Reign of Louis XIV. 1643 to 1715. (Baroque)
  6. The Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.
  7. Reign of Louis XVI. 1780 to 1789.
  8. The French Republic 1789 to 1802.
  9. Timeline of the French Revolution 1789 – 1799.
  10. Les Modes sous la revolution 1792-1799 by Paul Louis Victor de Giafferri.
  11. Reign of Napoleon I. 1804 to 1814. France empire.
  12. Reigns of Louis XVIII. and Charles X. 1815 to 1830. Restoration,  Romanticism
  13. Fashion in the Reign of Philippe. 1830 to 1848. Victorian era. Romanticism fashion.
  14. The Second Republic. 1848 -1851. Victorian era. “Second Rococo”.
  15. The use of the Corset in the reign of Louis XVI.
  16. Ladies hat styles from 1776-1790 by Rose Bertin.
  17. Fashion under the  French revolution 1789 to 1802.
  18. Paris fashion 1793 to 1795. French revolution.
  19. The Execution of the King Louis XVI.
  20. The Execution of Marie-Antoinette.
  21. The Incroyables and Muscadins. The French directory dandies.
  22. Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses. Directoire fashion by Horace Vernet.
  23. Nymphs and Merveilleuses. By Octave Uzanne.
  24. Fashion in Paris after the Revolution. By Octave Uzanne. 1796-1800.
  25. Portraits by people during the French Revolution
  26. The Gallery of Fashion. by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
  27. Comparison of the French and English modes. 1808 to 1815
  28. The Salon of Madame Récamier during the French Revolution.
  29. The Salons of Paris before the French Revolution.
  30. Caraco à la francaise in 1786.
  31. The Evolution of Modern Feminine Fashion 1786.
  32. Fashion in Paris and London, 1780 to 1788.
  33. Historic hairstyles from Ancient times to the Empire.
  34. The Corset and the Crinolin from Remote Periods to the Present Time.
  35. Lace History. Reference List of Italian Laces.
  36. Collection of antique fabric design.

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