The Bourbon Dynasty: Marie Thésése, Madame Royale, duchesse de Angouleme: The Righteously Bitter ( 1778-1851)
Marie Thésése was the first child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. She grew up in the glamour of Versailles and was very close to her parents. However she lacked her mother’s charisma and came across as a bit stodgy and haughty.
She was thrown in prison with the rest of her family during the French Revolution. She suffered through the death of her parents and other family members.
After the Terror she was sent to her relatives in Austria. Today she would be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and survivor’s guilt.
She returned to France with the defeat of Napoleon. She hid a profound suspicious of the French people and was uneasy in crowds. She focused on making France as much like her parent’s time; which of course was impossible.
She was exiled a second time to England on the abdication of her uncle, Charles X. She died in Austria of pneumonia.
Note: Marie Thésése never confirmed her brother’s death while he was in prison. She tried to discreetly find out what happened to him but it remained a mystery. She met and was pursued by many false Louis XVIIs during her lifetime. The search increasingly became disappointing and a constant reminder of the horror of the revolution so she stopped in 1830.
Lenticular is a technique where one image “flips” to another using finely calibrated stripes of lenses. Most peoples first contact with lenticulars is the “blinking eye” prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. All Bourbon lenticulars measure 8 inches by 10 inches.
They are made to order and come in editions of 10.
Framing is not included.