L’Hiver ala rococo. C’est une copie de Boucher. Tres retro.
Various covers for the German edition of The Queen’s Confession by Victoria Holt
Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de France, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, was officially released from her captivity at the tower of the Temple in Paris on December 18th, 1795. It was the eve of her 17th birthday.
Marie-Thérèse, officially called Charlotte Capet by the Directory government, was to be sent towards the French border and exchanged for French prisoners-of-war. She was the only member of the royal family to survive the Revolution—Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and her aunt Madame Elisabeth were guillotined; her brother, Louis-Charles, died from illness and neglect.
As she left that fateful prison, Marie-Thérèse turned back towards the place that had been the source of much misery to her and her family. Her eyes welled with tears. Pierre Bénézech, the minister of the interior, expressed words of kindness and sympathy, to which she replied:
“At the same hour when I am to regain my liberty … how can I help thinking of those who have crossed that threshold before me?”
Gold locket with the hair of Queen Marie Antoinette: British Museum ♥
Marie Therese Charlotte was born today, December 19th, in 1778. She was the first child born to her parents, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, eight years after their marriage. Known by the honourific of “Madame Royale” she was nicknamed Mousseline la Sérieuse by her mother.
She would ultimately be their only surviving child, going on to marry her cousin, the Duc D’Angouleme. She died in exile is Austria at the age of seventy two, just three days after the anniversary of her mother’s execution.
A portrait of Marie Antoinette by Louise Campbell Clay, after Vigee-Lebrun
Fashion plate from 1780 with examples of pre-Revolution style. The women wear powdered wigs, dresses with narrow waists and large hoop skirts.
Marie Antoinette’s official bedchamber in Versailles Palace