1638 Henrietta-Maria by Sir Anthonis van Dyck

1638 Henrietta-Maria by Sir Anthonis van Dyck

"Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857)" by artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873).

"Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857)" by artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873).

Cleo de Merode (1875-1966) french dancer , classic beauty, 1895.  In 1897  the press  began to spread  ill-founded stories that the young ballet performer had become the old  Belgian King Leopold II latest mistress and the King was nicknamed "Cleopold". Cleo and her mother vehemently denied the accusations. Nonetheless, the accusations stuck and damaged her private reputation, if not her professional career.

Cleo de Merode (1875-1966) french dancer , classic beauty, 1895. In 1897 the press began to spread ill-founded stories that the young ballet performer had become the old Belgian King Leopold II latest mistress and the King was nicknamed "Cleopold". Cleo and her mother vehemently denied the accusations. Nonetheless, the accusations stuck and damaged her private reputation, if not her professional career.

Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland, wife of king Charles II | Sir Peter Lely (1663)

Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland, wife of king Charles II | Sir Peter Lely (1663)

sollertias:  Portrait of Empress Anna Ioannovna by Louis Caravaque, 1730 (detail)

sollertias: Portrait of Empress Anna Ioannovna by Louis Caravaque, 1730 (detail)

Hortense Mancini (1646 - 1699). She was a mistress of Charles II from 1676 to  1678. She had an affair with the Prince of Monaco while with Charles as well as a lesbian relationship with Charles's daughter Anne Lennard.

Hortense Mancini (1646 - 1699). She was a mistress of Charles II from 1676 to 1678. She had an affair with the Prince of Monaco while with Charles as well as a lesbian relationship with Charles's daughter Anne Lennard.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Isabella of Bourbon, daughter of Queen Isabella II of Spain

Isabella of Bourbon, daughter of Queen Isabella II of Spain

Gold, diamond, ruby, and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centerpiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The back is inscribed (in German) "My Dear Niece Stephanie from Victoria R. (9 May1858)"

Gold, diamond, ruby, and emerald miniature bracelet, the flexible band with centerpiece enclosing a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The back is inscribed (in German) "My Dear Niece Stephanie from Victoria R. (9 May1858)"

"A Lady of the Spencer Family", ca. 1633-38, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Flemish, 1599-1641). This was painted at Althorp, Northants, the family seat of the Earls of Spencer. DRESS!!!!.

"A Lady of the Spencer Family", ca. 1633-38, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Flemish, 1599-1641). This was painted at Althorp, Northants, the family seat of the Earls of Spencer. DRESS!!!!.

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