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Old 03-20-2009, 05:23 PM
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Eugenie was quite fashionable, although her life was rather sad as her she lost her throne, and had to leave France (though it wasn't her native country), her marriage wasn't always the happiest, and her son died tragically young. But she out survived it all, and she lived in England and was friends with Queen Victoria in her later years. In some ways, she was rather low status (only nobility) for someone of the Emperor Napoleon III's status to marry, although it's true that the Bonapartes were a new dynasty.

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Empress Eugenie

Empress Eugenie
painting by Winterhalter.....1853

History seems to always repeat itself...
Marie Antoinette and her family dramatically fled the Tuileries Palace in what became known as the ...
"flight to Varrens...." sadly they did nt escape France to safety.

In 1870 ... the Emperor... Louis Napoleon was out in the field where the French armies were facing
an onslaught from the Prussians.
Defeat followed defeat and Louis was captured and imprisoned in Germany.
The mood in Paris changed.... and became violently anti monarchy...

Eugenie, living in the Tuileries Palace, realized the danger she was in and decided to flee.....
She travelled in a horse drawn coach and after much travail she reached the safety of England....
Her fate was so unlike her predecessor... Marie Antoinette who nearly 80 years before ....
fled Paris only to be captured and returned to the Tuileries Palace.
Louis was released by the Germans and joined Eugenie in England. They lived together in some style
in a house full of servants....
Sadly Louis died after a couple of years leaving Eugenie a widow living with her son in exile.

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Old 11-26-2010, 10:27 AM
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Maybe the 2nd Empire can be seen as an Indian Summer for the
French Monarchy..... before the final curtain.
Louis was not a direct heir of Napoleon..... merely
the great man's nephew.
He was however a direct heir of Josephine ! who was of course his maternal grandmother !
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:04 AM
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The Second Empire an Indian Summer for the French Monarchy? In a transferred sense?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:27 AM
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Does Eugenie have any descendants today?
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:11 PM
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She doesn't have any living descendants, as her only child predeceased her, and was childless.
But there's a famous great-great-great niece of hers living today, namely the Duchess of Alba (descendant of Eugenie's sister Maria Francisca).
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:53 PM
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New painting found

I have just inherited a previously unknown hand-painted miniature by Mayer & Pierson of Paris which shows the beautiful Empress when she was around 18-years of age. It is inside a lovely polished bronze antique frame. On the back of the miniature it has the the Mayer & Pierson crest and name and in French that they were photographers to the Emperor. There is also a Passy - Paris oval stamp.

Researching on the Internet I see that all Mayer & Pierson artwork is very collectable. Does anybody know where I should take it to obatin a good price?

many thanks
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:42 PM
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Have it appraised first then perhaps, Sotheby's. Or another auction house that is scheduled to sell in items in the same time period or reign.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:43 PM
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The artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter began an official portrait of Empress Eugenie shortly after her marriage to Napoleon III in 1853.
However the painting was not exhibited until 1855.
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This official portrait is, if I don't mistake, the one posted previously in post 22.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by MAfan View Post

This official portrait is, if I don't mistake, the one posted previously in post 22.
That is correct.
A very fancy painting. Perhaps it took Winterhalter a long time to paint.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:49 PM
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The Empress's mother,Maria Manuela Kirkpatrick,Countess of Montijo (1794-1879) lived to see the restoration and fall of the Bourbons and the rise and fall of the 2nd Empire.

Photo from Wikipedia


30th of July 1936-Birth of HRH The Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre
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