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(collage above by artist Mme de Côme) i’m supposed to be in france right now but at the last minute had a change of plans. if i’d remembered that marie’s party was in full swing i…

summer fête for marie antoinette

(collage above by artist Mme de Côme) i’m supposed to be in france right now but at the last minute had a change of plans. if i’d remembered that marie’s party was in full swing i…

Marie Antoinette's only surviving child, Marie Therese. Marie married Duc d'Angoulême, heir to the throne of France. Their marriage was an unhappy one and was never consummated. Marie lived to be Queen of France but only for around 20 minutes. Long enough for her husband to sign her abdication papers. Marie Therese died at age 72, in exile.

Marie Antoinette's only surviving child, Marie Therese. Marie married Duc d'Angoulême, heir to the throne of France. Their marriage was an unhappy one and was never consummated. Marie lived to be Queen of France but only for around 20 minutes. Long enough for her husband to sign her abdication papers. Marie Therese died at age 72, in exile.

Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, reading a book. Painted by Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun 1788

Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, reading a book. Painted by Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun 1788

1783 "Muslin portrait" by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun  This picture created a firestorm of controversy. The uproar caused by this picture made it necessary to have the next picture painted hurriedly as a correction. The French blamed hard times for their textile industry on her and her court - this dress is of muslin and muslin was made in Italy, not in France. Her dress is one-piece and very casual. According to Ribeiro in Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe, pp. 226 - 227 (

1783 "Muslin portrait" by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun This picture created a firestorm of controversy. The uproar caused by this picture made it necessary to have the next picture painted hurriedly as a correction. The French blamed hard times for their textile industry on her and her court - this dress is of muslin and muslin was made in Italy, not in France. Her dress is one-piece and very casual. According to Ribeiro in Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe, pp. 226 - 227 (

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