Marie Antoinette’s Boudoir Versailles France 1892

BOUDOIR OF MARIE ANTOINETTE TRIANON VERSAILLES — At one extremity of the Park of Versailles is the lovely little palace of Trianon, the favorite residence of poor Marie Antoinette. Her tastefully decorated boudoir is here given just as when occupied by her. This palace was originally given by Louis XV to Madame du Barry, and the royal villa is still visible. But the especial charm of Trianon lies in the garden around this royal villa abounding in shaded walks, beautiful trees, an artificial lake, and, above all, in the modest structures used by Maria Antoinette and the ladies of her Court when they came here to play the role of peasants. Weary of frivolity, the Queen would often turn gladly to the opposite extreme. Dressed in white muslin and a plain straw hat she would stroll along the paths, feeding chickens, chasing butterflies or joining in games of blind-man’s buff and fox and geese. In one little building here, called her “Diary,” she and her friends would make butter on marble tables and laugh with glee at their moderate success. Another structure here is called the “Mill,” where she insisted that her husband, Louis XVI, should play the part of miller, while she and her Court-ladies assumed the character and the dress of shepherdesses or simple peasant girls. It is pathetic to wander through these deserted, though carefully kept grounds, and to think of the tragic fate of Marie Antoinette, who probably had no idea that Kings and Queens were created for any other object than to live in luxury. But in 1789 the clouds were rapidly gathering, and the storm was to burst upon “Little Trianon” with fearful violence. When the young Queen left this Park, and at the demand of the famished populace returned to Paris, she was destined to never see it again. It was her first step towards the guillotine. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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