Monday, 18 June 2018

120) Émilie-Louise Delabigne, known as countess Valtesse de La Bigne

Émilie-Louise Delabigne, known as countess Valtesse de La Bigne (1848 – 1910). French courtesan and demi-mondaine.
She posed for Manet, Gervex and Forain and Detaille lived near her on boulevard Malesherbes. She also talked with writers like Octave Mirbeau, Arsène Houssaye, Pierre Louÿs, Théophile Gautier and Edmond de Goncourt, inspiring his Chérie.

- "In 1848, the year after Marie’s death, Louise Delabigne was born. The illegitimate daughter of a young peasant woman from Normandy, she was a beautiful child with large blue eyes and red-gold hair..."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/the-parisian-courtesans-who-e…/


- "She read widely to educate herself and paid scrupulous attention to her appearance, capitalising on her flame-red hair and her piercing blue eyes."
http://catherinehewitt.co.uk/books/the-mistress-of-paris/
 
- "An eye-catching young woman with blue eyes and red hair, she worked long hours and walked to and from the store alone through the sordid back alleys of Paris."
http://nypost.com/…/the-19th-century-prostitute-who-worked…/



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