The Literary Life And Correspondence Of The Countess Of Blessington (volume 1) by Richard Robert Madden

The Literary Life And Correspondence Of The Countess Of Blessington (volume 1)

byRichard Robert Madden

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 315 CHAPTER XIII. NOTICE OF COUNT ALFRED D'ORSAY : HIS ORIGIN SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS EARLY LIFE, THE CLOSE OF HIS CAREER, AND OBSERVATIONS ON HIS TALENTS AND THE APPLICATION OF THEM.* Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Comte D'orsay was born the 4th of September, 1801. His father, Albert Comte D'Orsay, who was considered one of the finest-looking men of his time, early entered the army, and served with great distinction under Napoleon, who was wont to say of him, that he was " aussi brave que beau." His mother, a woman no less remarkable for her wit and noble and generous disposition than for her beauty, was a daughter of the King of Wurtemburg by a marriage which was good in religion, though not in law. The family of D'Orsay was a very ancient one, and formerly held large possessions, both in Paris and in the provinces. The grandfather of the late Comte D'Orsay was one of the most liberal patrons of art of his day. His collection of pictures and statues was singularly fine and valuable. Several of the latter, which were seized in the first revolution, that disastrous period, when he lost nearly the whole of his fortune, now form a part of the statuary which * For a large portion of the details of this Memoir, extending to the period of D'Orsay's last sojourn in Paris. I am indebted to a lady very intimately acquainted with the Count in his brighter days, as well as in his latest moments. decorates the Place Louis Quinze, and the gardens of the Tuilleries. The fact of their belonging to the house of D'Orsay was admitted by subsequent governments. Louis Philippe, only a short time before his expulsion from France, was in treaty with Comte D'Orsay to pay an annual sum to retain the statues in their present places, having refused to restore them. After the abdication of Napoleo...

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Title:The Literary Life And Correspondence Of The Countess Of Blessington (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217556604

ISBN - 13:9780217556606

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