Saturday, July 20, 2013

An advertisement featuring Madame Elisabeth and Louis XVI

It's unusual to see anyone from the core royal family, other than Marie Antoinette (and to a lesser extent, Louis XVI) used for advertising. But this Famous Women card series, produced by Chocolat Poulain Orange, is one of the few to feature that often overlooked figure in the life of the king and queen: the king's sister, Madame Elisabeth.

image: my collection

The image is a wonderful depiction of the love and devotion Madame Elisabeth felt for her brother. As she wrote to the marquise de Bombelles in 1787: "Ah! who can take a keener interest than I in my brother's happiness?

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