Romance of the 18th century

This is a theme-based blog about the 18th century, with main focus on the swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen, the rumoured lover of queen Marie Antoinette. Side history and period-related art is also featured.

ducleto:

19 avril 1770 : L’archiduchesse Marie Antoinette épouse par procuration le Dauphin, le futur Louis XVI.
L’archiduchesse Marie-Antoinette d’Autriche, par Joseph Ducreux (1769).

ducleto:

19 avril 1770 : L’archiduchesse Marie Antoinette épouse par procuration le Dauphin, le futur Louis XVI.

L’archiduchesse Marie-Antoinette d’Autriche, par Joseph Ducreux (1769).

“I am alive here my beloved, for the reason to adore you. Oh, how I anxious I have been for you, and how sorry I am about all you must have suffered in having no news from us. May heaven grant that this letter reaches you. Do not write to me, this would compromise all of us and above all do not return under any circumstances. It is know that it was you who helped us to get away from here and all would be lost if you should show yourself. We are guarded day and night. I do not care. You are not here. Do not be troubled on my account, nothing will happen to me. The National Assembly will show leniency. Farewell the most loved of men. Be quiet if you can. Take care of yourself for myself. I cannot write any more but nothing in the world could stop me from adoring you until death.”

—   Marie Antoinette to her lover, Axel von Fersen, after being imprisoned. 
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godsavethefrenchqueen:

Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
vivelareine:

A promotional photo of Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power Marie Antoinette (1938)
[source: Live Auctioneers]

vivelareine:

A promotional photo of Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power Marie Antoinette (1938)

[source: Live Auctioneers]

artschoolglasses:

Paintings by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun

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vivelareine:


You ask me, my friend, how I pass my time; I shall answer: Rather sadly, because I see many things that grieve me. The famous Assembly of Notables has met. What will it do? Nothing, except make known to the people the critical situation in which we are. The king is sincere in asking their advice. Will they be the same in giving it? I think not. I have little experience, and the tender interest I take in my brother alone induces me to concern myself with these subjects, much too serious for my nature. I do not know, but it seems to me they are taking a course directly the opposite of that they ought to take … .
I have a presentiment that all will turn out ill. As for me, if it were not for my attachment to the king I would retire to Saint-Cyr. Intrigues fatigue me; they are not in accordance with my nature. I like peace and repose; but it is not at the moment when my brother is unfortunate that I will separate from him.

—Madame Elisabeth de France to the Marquise de Bombelles. March 15, 1787.

vivelareine:

You ask me, my friend, how I pass my time; I shall answer: Rather sadly, because I see many things that grieve me. The famous Assembly of Notables has met. What will it do? Nothing, except make known to the people the critical situation in which we are. The king is sincere in asking their advice. Will they be the same in giving it? I think not. I have little experience, and the tender interest I take in my brother alone induces me to concern myself with these subjects, much too serious for my nature. I do not know, but it seems to me they are taking a course directly the opposite of that they ought to take … .

I have a presentiment that all will turn out ill. As for me, if it were not for my attachment to the king I would retire to Saint-Cyr. Intrigues fatigue me; they are not in accordance with my nature. I like peace and repose; but it is not at the moment when my brother is unfortunate that I will separate from him.

—Madame Elisabeth de France to the Marquise de Bombelles. March 15, 1787.

vivelareine:

A portrait of Madame Elisabeth de France after a work by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. 18th or 19th century.
[source: Live Auctioneers]

vivelareine:

A portrait of Madame Elisabeth de France after a work by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. 18th or 19th century.

[source: Live Auctioneers]

fripperiesandfobs:

Robe à l’anglaise retroussée ca. 1775
From LACMA

fripperiesandfobs:

Robe à l’anglaise retroussée ca. 1775

From LACMA

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tiny-librarian:

On April 19th, 1770 Archduchess Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna of Austria was married by proxy to the Dauphin of France, Louis-Auguste. The ceremony took place in the Augustinian Church in Vienna, the same place that the bride was baptized, and her older brother, Archduke Ferdinand, stood in for the groom.

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vivelareine:

Detail from a portrait of the Victomesse de Vaudreuil by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. 1785.

vivelareine:

Detail from a portrait of the Victomesse de Vaudreuil by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. 1785.