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“ In the glamorous, and brittle world of the Second Empire, no one glittered more among the demi-monde than the English courtesan named Cora Pearl. ”

“ In the glamorous, and brittle world of the Second Empire, no one glittered more among the demi-monde than the English courtesan named Cora Pearl.

Almost looks like two dolls!

hazedolly: “A Victorian toddler poses for a portrait with a high-status toy: a pricey French bisque doll.

adski_kafeteri: Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione – better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography.

La Comtesse de Castiglione en costume de Reine de coeur,

The Countess di Castiglione caused a scandal by appearing at a 1857 costume ball at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as The Queen of Hearts, a thinly veiled allusion to the fact the she was currently the mistress of the emperor, Napoleon III.

Young lady from the 1850's-60's wearing a ballgown, beautiful pearls and a bow in her hair.

Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna of Russia, 1866 - Princess Dagmar of Denmark (sister of Princess/Queen Alexandra of England) in her engagement jewels

Cora Pearl in riding habit  "A top courtesan of late-19th-century Paris. I love her strong expression in this picture, looking straight at the camera.

Cora Pearl in riding habit "A top courtesan of Paris. I love her strong expression in this picture, looking straight at the camera.

Civil War Era Lady gazing at her reflection in a mirror

liquidnight:Lady Florence Cecelia Paget, seen here at age daughter of the Marquess of Anglesey, photographed by Camille Silvy of London, October 1860 [via Beniah Brawn] “”

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