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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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Old 11-25-2010, 09:19 PM
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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, 11:27 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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The Second Empire an Indian Summer for the French Monarchy? In a transferred sense?
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:27 PM
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Does Eugenie have any descendants today?
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:11 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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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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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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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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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.

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Queen Victoria of England wrote about Napoleon III's fiancée, Eugenie.
Victoria wrote: 'The future bride is beautiful, clever, very coquette, passionate and wild.'
In The Mad Monarchist, the Consort Profile of Empress Eugenie mentioned:

She (Eugenie) also took it upon herself to act as the defender of the Catholic Church around the world when other countries would not. It is no exaggeration to say that virtually every decision made by Napoleon III that benefited the (Catholic) Church and Catholic society was done on her advice.
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The Empress was very much ultramontain. After her exile to England she remained devoted to the Church of Rome. I thoroughly recommend a visit to Farnborough Abbey, where Napoleon III, Eugenie, and the Prince Imperial are entombed, to get a sense of her devotion. I went there one afternoon, a bit of a spur of the moment trip on my last day in London. I got there late in the afternoon, and proceeded to get lost. After asking direction at a local pub, I was back on track. On the front gates were imperial eagle shields. But, unfortunately, the church was closed and locked, and there were no signs of life anywhere. So I went to the front door of the monastery and rang the bell. The door opened and a monk said hello. I asked him if it was possible to see inside the church.

"Are you local" he asked
"No, not really"
"Where have you come from?"
"Australia"
"Where in Australia?"
"Melbourne"
"Where in Melbourne"
"St Kilda"
"Almost next door, I'm from Malvern"

it turned out we knew a few of the same people. He very kindly got the keys and took me for a private tour of the church and the Imperial Crypt. He had lots of interesting stories, and I asked about Princess Napoleon. He said she is a very kind and generous lady; is a regular visitor and takes a very maternal interest in all the monks, who she considers part of the family. It was a fascinating afternoon. As I left I passed a monk chopping away at some overgrown trees. Later, after looking at the abbey's website, I discovered he was the Abbot.
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The Empress was very much ultramontain. After her exile to England she remained devoted to the Church of Rome. I thoroughly recommend a visit to Farnborough Abbey, where Napoleon III, Eugenie, and the Prince Imperial are entombed, to get a sense of her devotion. I went there one afternoon, a bit of a spur of the moment trip on my last day in London. I got there late in the afternoon, and proceeded to get lost. After asking direction at a local pub, I was back on track. On the front gates were imperial eagle shields. But, unfortunately, the church was closed and locked, and there were no signs of life anywhere. So I went to the front door of the monastery and rang the bell. The door opened and a monk said hello. I asked him if it was possible to see inside the church.

"Are you local" he asked
"No, not really"
"Where have you come from?"
"Australia"
"Where in Australia?"
"Melbourne"
"Where in Melbourne"
"St Kilda"
"Almost next door, I'm from Malvern"

it turned out we knew a few of the same people. He very kindly got the keys and took me for a private tour of the church and the Imperial Crypt. He had lots of interesting stories, and I asked about Princess Napoleon. He said she is a very kind and generous lady; is a regular visitor and takes a very maternal interest in all the monks, who she considers part of the family. It was a fascinating afternoon. As I left I passed a monk chopping away at some overgrown trees. Later, after looking at the abbey's website, I discovered he was the Abbot.
Lovely annecdote!! :-D
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