Circa Obsolete

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Evoking the past—enchanted images abound.

ceciliabaffo:

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)

feminhistory:

Marie-Thérèse of France aged 17 by Heinrich Friedrich Früger, c. 1795

In December 1795, seventeen-year-old Marie-Thérèse, the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris’s notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents’ brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortured in an adjacent cell. She emerged to an uncertain future: an orphan, exile and focus of political plots and marriage schemes of the crowned heads of Europe. [She was] an astonishing woman whose life was shrouded in mystery, from her birth in front of rowdy crowds at Versailles, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration and, finally, her reincarnation as saint and matriarch. 
- Marie Thérèse: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, Susan Nagel

feminhistory:

Marie-Thérèse of France aged 17 by Heinrich Friedrich Früger, c. 1795

In December 1795, seventeen-year-old Marie-Thérèse, the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris’s notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents’ brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortured in an adjacent cell. She emerged to an uncertain future: an orphan, exile and focus of political plots and marriage schemes of the crowned heads of Europe. [She was] an astonishing woman whose life was shrouded in mystery, from her birth in front of rowdy crowds at Versailles, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration and, finally, her reincarnation as saint and matriarch. 

- Marie Thérèse: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, Susan Nagel