'Falls of Montmorency', 1874. Creator: W. Roberts
'Falls of Montmorency', 1874. Waterfall on the Montmorency River in Quebec, Canada. '...the river Montmorency shimmers in perfect calm...The stream is divided here by the island of Orleans, a low-lying reach of farm-land, with groves of pine and oak embowering romantic little farm-houses and cottages'. From "Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In, A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes...with Illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists" Vol. II, edited by William Cullen Bryant. [D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1874]
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Joan of Arc, 1902. Artist: Patten Wilson
Joan of Arc, 1902. Joan of Arc, 15th century French patriot and martyr. Claiming divine inspiration, Joan of Arc (c1412-1431) persuaded Charles VII to declare himself King of France (at the time France was ruled by England under the terms of the Treaty of Troyes signed in 1420). Charles gave Joan authority over the French army at the Siege of Orleans in 1429, which proved to be the turning point in the Hundred Years War in favour of the French. Joan was captured at Compiegne in May 1430 by the Burgundians, who handed her over to the English. Tried on a charge of heresy, Joan was executed and martyred in 1431, but Charles VII went on to regain all of France from the English, with the exception of Calais. After a work by Patten Wilson (1869-1934). From A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens [J. M. Dent & Co., New York, 1902]. (Colorised black and white print).
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Comte de Paris, 19th century. Artist: Unknown
Comte de Paris, 19th century. Louis-Philippe Albert of Orleans, Count of Paris (1838-1894) was the grandson of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French. He became the Prince Royal, heir to the throne, when his father, Prince Ferdinand-Philippe, Duke of Orleans, died in 1842. Attempts to place him on the throne after Louis-Philippe abdicated in 1848 came to nothing, and he fled into exile. He served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. The French monarchy was never restored and the Count of Paris died at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire.
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