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The empress Eugénie surrounded by her ladies in waiting

Artist: WINTERHALTER Franz-Xaver (1805-1873)

Date: 1855

Technique: Oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 3.00 m; W. 4.20 m

Place:Compiègne, Musée du Second Empire

Subjects: Eugénie (Empress) (1826-1920)

Key words: Collective portrait, women, court, crinolines

Credits: Fondation Napoléon


The empress, who is holding a bunch of violets, is surrounded by: the Princesse d'Essling, grande-maîtresse,
the Baronne de Pierres, and Vicomtesse de Lezay-Marnésia, all dames du palais (to the left), and the Duchesse de Bassano, dame d'honneur, the Comtesse de
Montebello, the Baronne de Malaret, the Marquise de Las Marismas and the Marquise de la Tour-Maubourg, all dames du palais (to the right).

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