A watercolor of Marie Antoinette’s hamlet by Marius Duriez, 1970.
An art deco style illustration of Versailles from La Vie Parisienne, 1914.
Peter Breuers’ Marie Antoinette.
A 19th century print of Madame du Barry
A 1907 engraving of the duchesse de Polignac.
Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, the duchesse de Polignac, died on December 9th, 1793. She had been living with her family in exile; they had fled France after the fall of the Bastille due to the intense hatred of the Polignac clan in France.
[A friend of the duchesse wrote, of her final months:]
“She did not stop crying. For six months, a deep sadness, great sufferings without certain causes weakened her each day more.”
A last blow hit her when they were forced to announce to her this horrible news: on October, 16th, 1793, Marie-Antoinette had been beheaded in Paris. This was the true beginning of Madame de Polignac’s agony.
She could not survive the queen, and she herself died on December, 9th, 1793, one month and a half, precisely, after her friend.
A witness told of her death: “Her last sigh was but her last breath, and to tell this in one word, her death was as sweet as she herself had been. She was buried in Vienna and they wrote on her tomb her name only, followed by this mention: ‘Dead from suffering’ on December 9th, 1793.”