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In idealizing the countryside as a place of health, harmony and bliss, Enlightenment reformers were asking their readers to envision themselves as figures in a pastoral poem, or at least as they had defined it. The aristocracy practiced this exercise as well, both in painting and in poetry. At the Salon of 1757, [the prince and princesse de Condé] displayed a portrait of themselves as gardeners … The painting evokes … the pastoral dream-world of Boucher.

Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de Medici to Marie Antoinette by Meredith Martin

Top: The mill at the hameau de Chantilly, which was commissioned by the prince de Condé in the 1770s and was recently restored in 2007-2009. (image: Clicsouris on Wikimedia)

Left: The Princes and Princess Condé Dressed as Gardeners by François-Hubert Drouais//© Waddesdon Collection

Right: The Prince de Guémenée and Mademoiselle de Soubise Dressed as Grape Harvesters by François-Hubert Drouais/© Waddesdon Collection

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    I want the blue and white dress on the right. And look at her shoes! I really like the stomacher/bodice, too.