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Ce n'est pas le portrait de le Kain. Inscription Inscribed by Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin, below image, in ink 28 Pagination Top right corner, in ink; last digit truncated by page's edge Pagination Top right, in ink.
Back to Search Results Search Again. Not on display. Artist or maker Saint-Aubin, Charles-Germain de b. Commentary Curatorial commentary Lekain was the stage name of Henri-Louis Cain, one of the greatest tragic actors of his day. He helped to bring about fundamental changes to the look and feel of theatre, including the removal of the audience from the stage and the rejection of the traditional declamatory speaking style. With the actress Mademoiselle Clairon, he introduced a new accuracy into theatrical dress.
He underpinned the relative naturalism of his acting style with simple and historically correct dress. A sensitive and naturalistic portrait of the actor in the role of Nero by Carmontelle c. It is also tempting to see the wording here as a playful engagement with a poem by Sedaine, who was friendly with both Le Kain and the Saint-Aubin brothers Ledbury, Rose therefore starved herself, and carried her portion of food to the prisoner.
Prisons in those days were not what they are now, and the girl easily obtained access to the imprisoned gipsy, who, in exchange for a succulent dish, consented to lift the mysterious veil of the future. But Nicholas Bertin, her father, who was seventy-two years old, died on January 24, , leaving the burden of the family and the upbringing of the children to his widow. Rose loved her mother, and she was not a girl to allow the latter to work too much when she was in a position to come to her assistance. She was sixteen now, and one day she made up her mind to leave home, and mounted the coach which took her to Paris.
Little did her people, who were sadly watching her departure, think that Rose was going to meet her fortune. Rose Bertin was not awkward; they soon perceived it in the millinery shop kept by Mlle. Pagelle, under the name of the Trait Galant, where Rose had found a situation. And yet the Trait Galant which furnished not only the Court of France, but also that of Spain-enjoyed, as far as morals were concerned, a most respectable reputation, a fact of somewhat rare occurrence among the ladies of the millinery profession. Lanson, justified the reputation of the ladies of her profession, and had many lovers.
Pagelle for a short time, when an event occurred which was to decide her future. Among the customers of the Trait Galant was Mme. Caron, and mistress of the Comte de Charolais, to whom she had borne two daughters.
The Count having died, the Princesse de Conti obtained letters of legitimization for the two girls, who took the name of Mlles. The elder soon married the Comte de Puget, whilst the younger became the wife of M. The wedding dresses of the young ladies had been ordered at the Trait Galant , and the Princesse de Conti had asked to see the dresses herself. It was bitter cold, and when the milliner arrived at the palace, and asked to see the Princess, she was shown into a room where a huge fire was blazing.
In a corner near the fireplace an old woman — whom Rose took for a chamber maid-was seated. But the Princess told her that she had committed no breach of etiquette in having been natural, especially as she was ignorant of the identity of her interlocutress. She assured the milliner of her good-will and protection for the future.
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Penchet with the purpose of whitewashing the memory of Marie Antoinette and exculpating her from certain accusations. It is, however, impossible that Penchet should have related certain anecdotes without having heard them from the people whom they concerned, and with whom he found himself in constant contact. Great was the pride of Rose Bertin when she announced the good news to her employer. The Duchesse de Chartres also became a protectress of Rose, and she soon found a third in Mme.
She had above all an air of distinction, and attracted a great deal of attention. One day the Due de Chartres noticed her in the apartments of his wife. She took his fancy. He spoke to her, and unhesitatingly made love to her. Would she become his mistress? He offered her diamonds, horses, a carriage, a fine furnished hotel, if she would only consent to listen to his impassioned declarations.
But, to his utmost surprise, the little milliner would not listen to the proposals of the noble Duke. The latter was nonplussed, and the more obstinate Rose was, the more desperate the lover grew.
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He at last decided to carry the girl off to a little house in Neuilly, where he hoped to make her yield to his wishes. Rose was informed of the plan by a valet of the Duke, and she lived in constant fear of being kidnapped and carried off to the secluded house at Neuilly. She scarcely ventured to leave her house at night. She knew too well the life led by the noblemen of her time, who modelled their conduct upon that of the King himself, and the abduction of a little milliner in those days would pass absolutely unnoticed. Rose was conversing with the Comtesse, when the Duke was announced, and Mme.
Rose was evidently being forgotten, and, noticing an easy-chair, she calmly sat down. The Comtesse looked surprised, and motioned to the girl to get up. Rose, you evidently seem to forget that you are in the presence of His Highness. The Duke changed color, but said nothing, whilst the Comtesse looked surprised, with the air of someone who is waiting for the solution of a riddle.
If, therefore, one day your bonnets and dresses are not ready, and you are told that little Rose has disappeared, you will have to address yourself to His Highness, who will know of her whereabouts. If His Highness will only not forget his rank, I will certainly remember the extreme distance which separates us. Henceforth, however, he ceased worrying the milliner with his assiduities. Rose Bertin did not remain very long in partnership with Mlle. She soon established her own business, thanks to the help she had received from the Duchesse de Chartres.
The latter was in the habit of thus helping poor girls and setting them up in business. At that moment the talk of Court and town was the approaching marriage of the Dauphin with the daughter of Empress Maria Theresa. In March, , the Duchesse de Chartres went to see Mme. Milliners in the eighteenth century were not what they are nowadays; they not only trimmed hats, but also arranged and ornamented dresses. In any case, she remained there only a short time, and soon we find her established in the Rue de St.
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The houses in those days were not numbered, and the signboards were therefore very important, especially as far as the merchants were concerned. Each had his signboard with an inscription so as to avoid confusion. Thus one could read in the Rue de St. The reputation of Rose Bertin grew rapidly, and soon reached her native town. Among her customers she counted several inhabitants of Abbeville, a fact which was testified by her books of account.
In the meantime the new Dauphine, very fond of chiffon and ribbons and of all feminine finery, was going to introduce-or at least to augment at the Court of Versailles the cult of fashion, which is often nothing but an insupportable slavery.
When Rose Bertin had the honour of approaching Marie-Antoinette for the first time, she at once knew, thanks to her flair as a business woman and her subtlety as a native of Picardy, what benefit she could derive from her situation. She had only to flatter the Dauphine, which was not so very difficult, and by pleasing the latter vastly increase her own income. I soon found myself in the presence of a young, beautiful, and very elegant person, whose manners were charming. Her manner was at first somewhat reserved. I at once thought that the charming person had come to solicit my influence at Court in her own favor or in favor of some relation.
And, indeed, I was not mistaken. I made the young lady sit down near the fireplace, and I at once noticed that she often availed herself of the opportunity to show her beautifully-shaped foot; and a beautifully-shaped ankle always makes a man disposed to listen favorably to a woman.