Friday, 31 August 2018

651) Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869 – 1916). Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
He has been described as a monk or as a "strannik" (wanderer, or pilgrim), though he held no official position in the Russian Orthodox Church. After traveling to St. Petersburg, either in 1903 or the winter of 1904–5, Rasputin captivated some church and social leaders. He became a society figure, and met the Tsar in November 1905.
In late 1906, Rasputin began acting as a healer for the Tsar and his wife Alexandra's son Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia and was Nicholas' only heir (Tsarevitch).
In the early morning of 30 December 1916, Rasputin was assassinated by a group of conservative noblemen who opposed his influence over Alexandra and the Tsar.
Some writers have suggested that Rasputin helped discredit the tsarist government, and thus helped precipitate the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. Very little about Rasputin's life and influence is certain, however, as accounts have often been based on hearsay, rumor, and legend.


- "Handsome, with long reddish hair and beard, broad shouldered, vigorous and erect, Rasputin had an extraordinary personality..." https://www.fontanka.co.uk/firsttoseventhjanuary

- "She was almost as tall as Gregory, her blond hair contrasted sharply with his unruly auburn locks." https://www.proza.ru/2013/06/14/332



650) Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia (1876 – 1936). Third child and second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Emperor Alexander II of Russia.

- "Ducky, tall, dark and elegant with auburn hair and large blue eyes." https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/2e0a2df5-d58c-4f99-91ec-…/…




Thursday, 30 August 2018

649) Kathleen Rockwell

Kathleen Eloise Rockwell (1873 – 1957), best known as "Klondike Kate", and later known as Kate Rockwell Warner Matson Van Duren. She gained her fame as a dancer and vaudeville star during the Klondike Gold Rush, where she met Alexander Pantages who later became a very successful vaudeville/motion picture mogul. She gained notoriety for her flirtatious dancing and ability to keep hard-working miners happy if not inebriated.

- "She was Kathleen "Kitty" Rockwell Matson, a red-haired beauty who was a popular performer in Dawson City..." https://books.google.it/books…

- "In Dawson, Klondike Kate was famous for her red-gold hair, charisma and happy-go-lucky style on stage." http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108b-vaudeville-legend-klondike-…

- ""Klondike Kate" Rockwell was headline news, off and on, for 50 years. She inspired a book, a play and a movie -- all telling and retelling the story of the red-haired New York chorus beauty who mined enough from gold miners' pouches to amass her own fortune." http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/25/local/me-then25
 
- "A fiery, red-headed beauty glided out before the crowd, her violent eyes smiling." https://cowgirlmagazine.com/wild-women-wednesday-kate-rock…/

- "Describing Kate in “Good Time Girls,” author Lael Morgan writes, “She had natural red hair, violet eyes, long black lashes and a splendid figure." https://www.twincities.com/…/despite-that-boa-klondike-kat…/



648) Margaret Brown

Margaret "Maggie" Brown (née Tobin;1867 – 1932), posthumously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". American socialite and philanthropist. She is best remembered for encouraging the crew in Lifeboat No. 6 to return to the debris field of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to look for survivors. Accounts differ on whether the boat actually returned to look for survivors, and if so, whether any survivors were found. During her lifetime, her friends called her "Maggie", but even by her death, obituaries referred to her as the "Unsinkable Mrs. Brown". The reference was further reinforced by a 1960 Broadway musical based on her life and its 1964 film adaptation which were both entitled The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

- "Who could have known that this small, red-haired baby would one day live a life of wealth, adventure, political and philanthropic pursuits and heroism that the Tobin family could have never dreamed?" http://www.hannibalmag.com/celebrating-molly-brown-on-her-1…

- "Mrs Brown was awake and glad indeed to see her old red head, as she sometimes lovingly called Molly, coming to have a good talk." https://books.google.it/books…

- "She was also notorious in the city of Denver for her bright Kelly green dresses that went well with her red hair." http://www.iaci-usa.org/…/Meet%20the%20Irish-American%20Hel…



647) Nellie Bly

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1864 – 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly. American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. Bly was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker.

- "Elizabeth, an intelligent girl with cool gray eyes and auburn hair..." https://books.google.it/books…

- "The red-haired girl - Nellie Bly, I suppose; she is the only maid with red hair..." https://books.google.it/books…



Wednesday, 29 August 2018

646) Ethel Cushing

Ethel Cushing (née Cochrane, 1882 - 1948). Wife and model of the painter Howard Gardiner Cushing, by whom she had four children: Olivia, Lily, Howard and Alexander. In 1916 her husband died and in 1926 she married James Denison Sawyer, a Wall Street stock broker.

- "Ethel Cochrane Cushing, with her alabaster skin, almond shaped eyes and long golden red hair, was the favorite model of her husband, artist Howard Gardiner Cushing." http://newportalri.org/items/show/7058

- "The flame-haired Ethel was her husband's favorite model. He produced portrait after portrait of the lithe socialite. Ethel often appeared in portraits garbed in Japanese kimonos or other Asian influenced garments, her skin always albaster-white and her hair fiery red." http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/…/the-howard-gardiner…












Tuesday, 28 August 2018

645) Dolly Henry

Dolly Henry (in full, Dorothy Eileen Henry, though sometimes written O'Henry, 1896 - 1914). Painter's model. She had a tempestuous affair with painter John Currie, which ended with Currie shooting her dead at her Chelsea apartment. Then he turned the gun on himself and died in hospital a few days later.

- "He brought Dolly Henry with him and Marsh described her as “an extremely pretty Irish girl with red hair”. https://lavenderinleeds1872.wordpress.com/tag/dolly-henry/




644) Dora Carrington

Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893 – 1932), known generally as Carrington. English painter and decorative artist, remembered in part for her association with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey.

- "...when as a bored sufferer in the Antique Class my attention had been suddenly fixed by the sight of this amusing person with such very blue eyes and such incredibly thick pigtails of red-gold hair." http://spartacus-educational.com/ARTcarrington.htm

- "... a sturdy figure, dressed in a print dress, made after the pattern of one in a John picture, a thick mop of golden red hair..." http://spartacus-educational.com/ARTbloomsburyG.htm

- "Her golden red hair bobbed and large blue eyes and her sense of fun, fantasy and enchantment attracted men wanting affection, love, romance, sex and friendship." https://rosclose.wordpress.com/…/dora-carrington-1893-1932…/




643) Julia Stephen

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson; 1846 – 1895). Celebrated English woman, noted for her beauty as a Pre-Raphaelite model and philanthropist. She was the wife of the biographer Leslie Stephen and mother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Julia Jackson was born in Calcutta to an Anglo-Indian family, and when she was two her mother and her two sisters moved back to England. She became the favourite model of her aunt, the celebrated photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, who made more than 50 portraits of her.

- "Rose Pargiter has the same red hair and blue eyes as Julia Stephen..." https://books.google.it/books…






642) Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 1882 – 1941). English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Daughter of Julia Prinsep Duckworth and Leslie Stephen.

- "She had red hair and green eyes." https://books.google.it/books…

- "Certainly Virginia's face must have been worth looking at: her enormous green eyes, set in a face composed of very fine, delicate features and framed with bright red hair." https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi…


641) Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen (1832 – 1904). English author, critic, historian, biographer, and mountaineer. His second wife was Julia Prinsep Duckworth, by whom he had four children: Vanessa (who later married Clive Bell), Thoby, Virginia (who later married Leonard Woolf) and Adrian.

- ".. the long, thin, bright-red beard, radiating in a fan shape [...]; the curious flatness of the top of the head, accentuated by the fullness of the auburn hair on either side..." https://books.google.it/books…



Monday, 27 August 2018

640) Marie Antoinette of France

Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793). Last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an Archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.

There are lots of speculations about Marie Antoniette's hair colour, but evidence seems to prove it was strawberry blond/auburn. After all she belonged to the Habsburg-Lorraine royal house and as you can see on this blog pretty much all Habsburgs had red hair (she even had the typical Habsburg facial features).

- "Given that red hair was unfashionable, Marie-Antoinette was described as a blonde, but her hair was likely strawberry blond to light auburn." https://www.quora.com/According-to-reputable-sources-what-w…

- "Similarly, Marie Antionette's auburn hair turned white the night before her execution in 1793." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2625383/

- "Her hair was a light auburn color, and her eyes blue, frank, and sparkling." http://www.accessible-archives.com/…/godeys-profile-marie-…/

- "One story that leaked out was that the dauphin was indifferent to Marie Antoinette because of her red hair and that was why the consummation did not occur." https://books.google.it/books…

- "It is well know that at her then somewhat advanced age, her long auburn hair, perfectly formed hands and bright ruby lips were still the admiration of all who saw her."
This quote comes from this book by Alexandre Dumas 



639) Marie de Rohan

Marie de Rohan (Marie Aimée; 1600 – 1679). French courtier and political activist, famed for being the center of many of the intrigues of the first half of the 17th century in France. In various sources, she is often known simply as Madame de Chevreuse.
Friend and confidante of the queen, she was banished from court after an incident in which she had encouraged the pregnant queen in boisterous games in the corridors of the Louvre, resulting in a miscarriage. The duc de Chevreuse used all his influence to have her restored to court.
In her attempts to regain her lost position, she provoked or encouraged the conspiracies of the court, such as the Buckingham affair (1623–24) that compromised the Queen.
She was at the center of all the intrigues that involved foreign powers against France. She was involved in the conspiracy of the comte de Soissons (1641) and at the death of the king, a clause in the testament of succession forbade the return to France of the duchesse; a decision of the Parlement of Paris was required to break the will.
After the death of Richelieu, once again in France, she conspired at the center of the cabale des Importants led by Chateauneuf against Mazarin, in 1643; with the arrest and exile of César de Bourbon, duc de Vendôme, she fled once again. During the Fronde, she came closer to Mazarin for a time (1649–50), but then she switched back to the aristocratic party when the parliamentary Fronde and the aristocratic Fronde joined forces in 1651.
She died in retirement in the convent of Gagny (Seine-Saint-Denis département) in 1679. 

Her youngest half brother was Francois de Rohan, Prince of Soubise, founder of the Soubise line of the House of Rohan. His wife was Anne de Rohan-Chabot, Madame de Soubise, who was one time mistress of Louis XIV. 

- "Lively, sensual, with blue eyes and auburn hair, Marie de Rohan was one of the brightest ornaments at the court." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/french-sovereigns-lo…



638) Dorothea von Medem

(Anna Charlotte) Dorothea von Medem (1761 – 1821) was born a Gräfin (Countess) of the noble German Baltic Medem family and later became Duchess of Courland (a Baltic region). Popularly known as Dorothea of Courland after her marriage to Peter von Biron, the last Duke of Courland, she hosted an aristocratic salon in Berlin and performed various diplomatic duties on behalf of her estranged husband.

- "A fine mouth, a strong chin, soft green eyes, and an aquiline nose---slightly too long, like that of all the Medems---were framed by an oval face, set off by an abundant mass of heavy auburn hair." https://books.google.it/books…



637) Anne Thoynard de Jouy, comtesse d'Esparbès

Anne Thoynard de Jouy, comtesse d'Esparbès (1739 - 1825). French courtesan at the court of King Louis XV.

- "Mme. d'Esparbes was short and red-haired, with short-sighted, dull blue eyes, and a somewhat mis-shapen nose." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/french-dukes-duchess…
 
- "She was red-haired and very pretty, though her physiognomy was not agreeable..." https://books.google.it/books…


636) Apollonie Sabatier

Apollonie Sabatier (born Aglaé Joséphine Savatier; 1822–1890). French courtesan, salon holder, artists' muse and bohémienne in 1850s Paris.
She hosted a salon in Paris on Rue Frochot, where she met nearly all of the French artists of her time. Gustave Flaubert, Théophile Gautier and some others have written articles about her and she was one of four women (Caroline, Jeanne Duval, herself and Marie Daubrun) who inspired Charles Baudelaire's famous work Les fleurs du mal. Edmond de Goncourt was the first to nickname her "La Présidente". 

- "She was young, with a fresh-faced milk-and-roses complexion and bright auburn hair falling in long ringlets to her shoulders." https://books.google.it/books…

- "She was tall and well-proportioned, with exquisite hands and luxuriant copper-coloured hair which glinted when it caught the light...." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/french-courtesans-lo…



635) Marguerite Alibert

Marguerite Marie Alibert (1890 – 1971), also known as Maggie Meller and Princess Fahmy. French socialite. She started her career as a courtesan in Paris and in 1916 she had an affair with the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). After her marriage to Egyptian aristocrat Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey, she was frequently called Princess by the media of the time. In 1923, she killed her husband at the Savoy Hotel in London. She was eventually acquitted of the murder charge after a trial at the Old Bailey. Her affair with the Prince became the subject of the book The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder. The killing of her husband was the focus of the book Scandal at the Savoy: The Infamous 1920s Murder Case.

- "Petite, with long auburn hair and an impish, provocative charm, men found her hugely appealing." https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/11/photo-of-the-day-1210/

- "At this time, she wore her striking auburn hair in long tresses, 'falling to my knees'." https://books.google.it/books…

- "The Prince, a newcomer to such arts, had been initiated, bewitched and then become more than a little obsessed with the shapely body, auburn hair and sensuous mouth of the woman he knew as Mme Maggie Meller." http://tweedlandthegentlemansclub.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-two-princes-francaise-and-perfect.html

- "... and later briefly King Edward VIII, chose to take this woman, with her glorious auburn hair and a flaming temper to match, as his first lover." https://www.express.co.uk/…/A-new-book-brings-to-light-the-…



634) Marie Duplessis

Marie Duplessis (1824 – 1847). French courtesan and mistress to a number of prominent and wealthy men. She was the inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas the younger, one of Duplessis' lovers. Much of what is known about her has been derived from the literary persona and contemporary legends.

- "According to her passport, she was five feet six tall, with auburn hair, brown eyes, well-shaped nose, round chin and an oval face." https://books.google.it/books…


633) Francis Seymour-Conway

Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford (1777 – 1842), styled Viscount Beauchamp between 1793 and 1794 and Earl of Yarmouth between 1794 and 1822. British Tory politician and art collector.

- "He was nicknamed “Red Herrings” because of his red hair and whiskers." https://reginajeffers.blog/…/eccentrics-of-the-regency-fra…/

- "At the age of 16 Yarmouth was ‘a sensible unaffected young man—tall, like a Conway but red haired and plain." https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/…/seymour-conway-…


632) Mia Slavenska

Mia Slavenska (1916 – 2002), birth name Mia Čorak. Croatian-born American prima ballerina. She formed the Slavenska Ballette Variante and, later, the Theatre Ballette. In 1954, she became the prima ballerina of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
For many years she was the leading ballerina of the famous Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and with whom she moved to U.S. in the outset of the World War II.
Her own company, Ballet Variante, was formed in 1944 in Hollywood. Her greatest roles she achieved with the Slavenska Franklin Ballet Company that she founded with Frederic Franklin in 1950. One of her most highly regarded roles was as a strongly dramatic Blanche DuBois in Valerie Bettis' modern choreography of A Streetcar Named Desire, premiered in Her Majesty's Theatre in Montreal in 1952.

- "Mia Slavenska, a ballerina celebrated both for her authoritative technique and for her red-haired beauty..." http://www.croatia.org/…/Mia-Slavenska-1916-2002-Croatian-b…

- "... was celebrated for her powerful stage presence, enhanced by her dazzling virtuoso technique and dramatic flair, as well as the beauty of her face and red hair." https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mia-Slavenska

- "... and gave a new generation a glimpse of her fabulous technique and warm, strong personality, as well as her striking red-gold hair." https://www.theguardian.com/…/guardianobituaries.artsobitua…

- "Slavenska was not only a brilliant technician but also a beautiful woman, with bright red hair." http://michaelminn.net/andros/biographies/slavenska_mia/




631) Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya (1925 – 2015). Soviet ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress. She danced during the Soviet era at the Bolshoi Theatre and when in 1960 Galina Ulanova, another famed Russian ballerina, retired, Plisetskaya became prima ballerina assoluta of the company.
Having become “an international superstar” and a continuous “box office hit throughout the world,” Plisetskaya was treated by the Soviet Union as a favored cultural emissary. Although she toured extensively during the same years that other dancers defected, including Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plisetskaya always refused to defect.

- "Her bright red hair and striking looks made her a glamorous figure on and off the stage." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Plisetskaya

- "Maya Plisetskaya, the ballerina, who has died in Munich aged 89, was the Soviet ballet’s most famous star of the past half-century, a fiery redhead who tore across the stage in phenomenal leaps and was greatly celebrated." https://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Maya-Plisetskaya-ballerina-ob…

- "Slender, with long legs and blazing red hair..." https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/…/03/maya-plisetskaya

- "Plisetskaya was known for her stunning looks, including her red hair, large eyes, and long legs..." https://www.inquisitr.com/…/maya-plisetskaya-what-made-the…/

- "Nature endowed Maya with red hair, lissome arms and legs, a long neck..." https://books.google.it/books…




630) Praskovia Kovalyova

Praskovia Ivanovna Kovalyova-Zhemchugova also Kovaleva or Kovalyova, Kovaleva-Zhemchugova, Zhemchugova-Sheremeteva, and Sheremeteva or Sheremetyeva (1768 – 1803). Russian serf actress and soprano opera singer.
By the age of 17, she could read and write French and Italian fluently, played the harp and clavichord, and was acknowledged by her contemporaries for her operatic and dramatic abilities. In a career that spanned almost two decades, Praskovia performed in over a dozen operas, including Monsigny's Le déserteur and Aline, reine de Golconde, Paisiello's L'infante de Zamora, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Le Devin du village and Piccinni's La buona figliuola maritata.
Her most important role was Eliane in Grétry's opera Les Mariages samnites. Assuming the part for the first time in 1785, Praskovia sang Eliane for 12 years — a first in the history of serf theatre.
In the mid-1780s, Praskovya became the mistress of Count Nikolai Sheremetev, the impresario of the family serf theater.
At the height of the theatre's flowering in the late 1790s Praskovia became ill, possibly with consumption (tuberculosis), and was forced to retire.
In 1801 Nikolai and Praskovia married in Moscow in the strictest secrecy. Within months of their wedding Praskovia became pregnant. On February 3, 1803 she gave birth to a son, Dmitry, but pregnancy and childbirth destroyed her poor health and she died on February 23 at the Sheremetev palace in St. Petersburg.


- "With dark, expressive eyes, a pale complexion, auburn hair, and a slight, almost fragile build, she performed under the name of “the Pearl.” https://erenow.com/biographies/catherinethegreat/47.html



629) Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, (1803 – 1873). English novelist, poet, playwright and politician. He served as a Whig MP from 1831 to 1841 and a Conservative MP from 1851 to 1866. He was Secretary of State for the Colonies from June 1858 to June 1859. Bulwer-Lytton was offered the Crown of Greece in 1862, after the abdication of King Otto, but declined it.
Bulwer-Lytton's literary works were highly popular and his bestselling novels earned him a large fortune. He invented the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and "dweller on the threshold". Then came a sharp decline in his literary reputation, so that he is known for little more than the much-parodied opening line "It was a dark and stormy night", the first seven words of his novel Paul Clifford.
Some of his most famous novels include The Last Days of Pompeii, The Coming Race (or Vril), which drew heavily on his interest in the occult and contributed to the early growth of the science fiction genre, and Zanoni.
The writers of theosophy were influenced by his work. Annie Besant and especially Helena Blavatsky incorporated his thoughts and ideas from particularly The Last Days of Pompeii, The Coming Race and Zanoni in her own books.


- "He was described as "effeminately handsome and languidly aristocratic, with his long auburn hair in ringlets and his six-foot frame resplendent in the latest fashions". http://spartacus-educational.com/ARTlytton.htm

- "He is even inclined to think that nobody else ever had so much talent as this little red-haired, blue-eyed, high-nosed, dandified Edward Bulwer..." https://www.bartleby.com/library/prose/1010.html



Sunday, 26 August 2018

628) Alfred d'Orsay

Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay (1801 – 1852). French amateur artist, dandy, and man of fashion in the early- to mid-19th century.

- "His hair was light, and his thickly-grown whiskers — much resembling those of the Marquis in shape — were of that doubtful hue called auburn by friendly tongues, and red by inimical." http://www.dandyism.net/2008/06/22/count-your-blessings/
 
- "He described him as 'a tall fellow of six feet three, built like a tower, with floods of dark auburn hair, with a beauty, with an adornment, unsurpassable on this planet." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/dandies-socialites-p…



627) Jean Joseph Amable Humbert

General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert (1767 – 1823). French soldier, a participant in the French Revolution, who led a failed invasion of Ireland to assist Irish patriots in 1798. Born in the townland of La Coâre Saint-Nabord, outside Remiremont Vosges, he was a sergeant in the National Guard of Lyon. He rapidly advanced through the ranks to become brigadier general on 9 April 1794 and fought in the Western campaigns before being allocated to the Army of the Rhine.

- "... the red-haired giant with the broad shoulders (and proud of them), with his arms round the waists of Mlles." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/bonaparte-france-roy…


626) James Hepburn

James Hepburn (c. 1534 –  1578), 1st Duke of Orkney and 4th Earl of Bothwell (better known simply as Lord Bothwell). Scottish nobleman. He was known for his association with, abduction of, and marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots, as her third and final husband. He was accused of the murder of Mary's second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, a charge of which he was acquitted. His marriage to Mary was controversial and divided the country; when he fled the growing rebellion to Scandinavia he was arrested in Norway and lived the rest of his life imprisoned in Denmark.

- " Stubborn red hair, cropped close, covered his massive head, and a great warlike beak of a nose overshadowed a mouth of enormous width and a heavy jaw.https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/2017/03/scotland-royaltys-mistresses-lovers.html



625) Grigory Potemkin

Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tavricheski (1739– 1791). Russian military leader, statesman, nobleman and favourite of Catherine the Great. He died during negotiations over the Treaty of Jassy, which ended a war with the Ottoman Empire that he had overseen.

- "Catherine was smitten. Over six feet tall, blue-eyed, with leonine auburn hair, Potemkin was sexual, energetic, and witty." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/catherine-great-of-r…

- "At twenty-two, Potemkin was tall and slim, with thick auburn hair." https://erenow.com/biographies/catherinethegreat/59.html

- "A physically striking man, he was tall, lithe, had a much-admired head of thick auburn hair..." http://www.island.lk/2007/05/12/satmag1.html



624) Catherine II of Russia

Catherine II (1729 – 1796), also known as Catherine the Great, born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst. Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was overthrown. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger, and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe.
The period of Catherine the Great's rule, the Catherinian Era, is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire and the Russian nobility. The Manifesto on Freedom of the Nobility, issued during the short reign of Peter III and confirmed by Catherine, freed Russian nobles from compulsory military or state service. Construction of many mansions of the nobility, in the classical style endorsed by the Empress, changed the face of the country. She enthusiastically supported the ideals of The Enlightenment and is often regarded as an enlightened despot. As a patron of the arts she presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment, a period when the Smolny Institute, the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe, was established. 
Mother of Paul I
One of her favourites was Prince Grigory Potemkin

- "... a woman of middle height, her glossy, chestnut-colored hair massed under the jeweled crown.…" https://erenow.com/biographies/catherinethegreat/45.html

- "All of them must have peered at the thirty-three-year-old woman in her prime, with her long auburn hair, her bright-blue eyes..." https://books.google.it/books…



623) Teresa Guiccioli

Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli (1800–1873). Married lover of Lord Byron while he was living in Ravenna, Italy, and writing the first five cantos of Don Juan. She wrote the biographical account Lord Byron's Life in Italy.
On 19 January 1818, Teresa married Count Guiccioli. It was three days later, on 22 January, that she met Lord Byron at the home of Countess Albrizzi.
Alexandre Dumas included her as a minor character in his novel The Count of Monte Cristo using the disguised name "Countess G-". Lord Byron also used this shortened name in his journals.

- "She was auburn-haired with a lovely bust and shoulders, only nineteen, well educated, and like Augusta she had a fine sense of the ridiculous." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/italian-royals-arist…

- "A sort of Italian Caroline Lamb, except that she is much prettier and not so savage, but she has the same red-hot head." https://books.google.it/books…

- "A gentle, blushing girl of eighteen, with a poor figure but a brilliant complexion and a mass of lovely auburn hair..." https://books.google.it/books…



622) Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (1796 – 1817). Only child of the British king George IV, who was still Prince of Wales during her lifetime, and Caroline of Brunswick. If she had outlived both her grandfather King George III and her father, she would have become Queen of the United Kingdom, but she died following childbirth at the age of 21, predeceasing them both.
Charlotte's death set off tremendous mourning among the British, who had seen her as a sign of hope and a contrast both to her unpopular father and to her grandfather, whom they deemed mad. As she had been King George III's only legitimate grandchild, there was considerable pressure on the King's unmarried sons to find wives. King George III's fourth son, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, fathered the eventual heir, Victoria, who was born 18 months after Charlotte's death. 

- "Charlotte grew to be 5’8” tall, with auburn hair piled high, generally thought beautiful and loved by the populace." http://www.dundeewomenstrail.org.uk/charlotte-augusta-prin…/





621) Carlota of Mexico

Carlota of Mexico (1840 – 1927). Belgian princess who became Empress of Mexico by marriage to Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico.

- "She has a heavy head of hair, of a beautiful dark auburn shade." https://royalfavourites.blogspot.com/…/austrial-royals-aris…