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Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun

Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun
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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108080743

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  • The most accomplished female painter of her age, Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842) is best remembered for her many portraits of Queen Marie Antoinette of France. Her two-volume autobiography was published in France in 1835–7, and this English version (of which the translator is unknown) in 1879. It begins with a series of ten letters to a Russian friend, Princess Kourakin, describing her family and early life, her artistic training, and her rise to the position of portraitist to the queen. The letters end with the Revolution and Vigée-Lebrun's flight abroad: the 'souvenirs' which follow describe her years of exile and her eventual return to France. Volume 1 ends with her staying in Vienna, and Volume 2 covers an extended period in Russia, and a visit to England, before she finally settled again in Paris in about 1810. Throughout her life, she supported herself and her family by her painting.

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    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108080743
    • length: 656 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 141 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Part I:
    1. My childhood
    2. Death of my father
    3. My walks
    4. My marriage
    5. The queen
    6. Voyage to Flanders
    7. The Greek supper
    8. Le Kain
    9. Chantilly
    10. The duc de Nivernais
    11. Romainville
    12. 1789
    Part II:
    1. Turin
    2. Rome
    3. Portraits done in Rome
    4. Piazza of St Peter's
    5. I leave for Naples
    6. The Baron Talleyrand
    7. I return to Rome
    8. I leave Rome
    9. Venice
    10. Turin
    11. The comtesse de Thoun and her soirées
    12. Portraits I took in Vienna
    13. Huitzing. Volume 2:
    1. I leave Vienna
    2. Peterhoff
    3. Comte Cobentzel
    4. I paint the two young grand-duchesses
    5. The cold at St Petersburg
    6. The lake of Pergola
    7. Catherine
    8. Paul I
    9. Portrait of the empress Marie
    10. My reception by the St Petersburg Academy
    11. A bad road
    12. Death of Paul I
    13. Narva
    14. I leave Berlin
    15. I arrive in Paris
    16. London
    17. The Prince of Wales
    18. The Chinnery family
    19. I leave England
    20. Louveciennes
    21. The queen's portrait
    22. Cruel losses I sustained in my family
    Postscriptum by the editor.

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    Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

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