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8.28.2012

COMTESSE D'HAUSSONVILLE


JEAN-AUGUST-DOMINIQUE INGRES. Comtesse d'Haussonville. 1845.
Oil on Canvas. 52 x 36 in. The Frick Collection.

Louise, Princesse de Broglie (1818–82) and granddaughter of Madame de StaĆ«l, married at the age of eighteen. Her husband was a diplomat, writer, and member of the French Academy, and she herself published a number of books, including biographies of Robert Emmet and Byron. For her time and her elevated social caste, she was outspokenly independent and liberal.