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Portrait de Molière par Pierre Mignard

French playwright Moliere, who died shortly after a performance of "The Imaginary Invalid," in which he played hypochondriac Argan.

Crabtree & Evelyn’s founder, Cyrus Harvey, was inspired by the Englishman, John Evelyn, whose love of nature and inventiveness is the basis of our philosophy today. During the 17th Century, Evelyn was famous as a landscape designer, conservationist and food writer.

Tarquin spends a riotous evening in the company of Sir John Evelyn, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Isaac Newton and Samuel Pepys

The fashionable Hurluberlu (came in c. 1665) used women's own hair instead of a wig. Mme de Sevigne complained it forced women to sleep "with a hundred rollers, which make them endure mortal agony all night long" and made them look "en vrai fanfan" or just like boys. But she  loved it on her own doted-upon daughter. Here worn by Mme de Montespan, Louis XIVth's morganatic wife.

Madame de Montespan, a Mistress of Louis XIV by Pierre Mignard studio (Bowes Museum - Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham UK)

ca. 1690 Françoise Marie de Bourbon 1677-1749, the youngest legitimised daughter of Louis XIV of France and his maîtresse-en-titre, Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan = by Pierre Gobert

1690 Françoise Marie de Bourbon, wife of Philippe d'Orléans and daughter of Louis XIV of France by Pierre Gobert (auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries)

Francoise Madeleine d'Orleans (1648-1664). Daughter of Gaston d'Orleans and Marguerite of Lorraine. Wife to Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy

Francoise Madeleine d'Orleans was the youngest child of Gaston d'Orleans and Marguerite de Lorraine. She married Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, who was her first cousin (her father and his mother were siblings). Françoise Madeleine died at age

''Reading from Molière'' by Jean François de Troy, circa 1728

La Lecture De Moliere by De Troy, Jean-Francois - Wall Art Giclee Print or Canvas

Largillière Portrait of a lady - Nicolas de Largillière - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Parisian artist, Nicolas de Largillière 'Portrait of a Lady with a Dog and Monkey'.