Circa Obsolete

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Evoking the past—enchanted images abound.


First row: Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Georgiana by Maria Cosway
Second row: Georgiana and her daughter Lady Georgiana ‘Little G’ Cavendish by Reynolds, Marie Antoinette and her children by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
Third row: 
Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, Georgiana by Thomas Gainsborough,

In July 1775, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire visited Versailles to pay their respects to Louis XVI. It was during this visit that a close relationship developed [between Georgiana and Marie Antoinette] which lasted until the Queen’s execution in 1793. They discovered they had much in common, not only in having married a position rather than a lover, but also in their relations with their mothers. - Extract from Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

(Source: sophialorens, via feminhistory)