"ca. 1857" Elisabeth de La Croix de Castries, la maréchale de Mac Mahon by Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (Musée d'Orsay - Paris France)

Her article in thepeerage is here. Her husband's Wikipedia article is here.

From Musée d'Orsay; spots removed with Photoshop and image enlarged by half and sepia tone removed by gogm.

Many of the details of Mme. Mc Mahon's dress are lost in the light-colored bodice or covered by her lace wrap. the skirt and fairly narrow sleeves lead me to believe this photo dates to the middle 1860s, perhaps shortly before Levitsky left Paris in 1864. Her over-skirt features four flounces.

Keywords:  Levitsky, de Castries family, Mac Mahon family, Duchess, French, straight coiffure, high neckline, long sleeves, crinoline, over-skirt, flounces, under-skirt, wrap, lace

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