La Marquise de Maintenon

This 5" x 8" original antique print was recovered from a disbound edition of "The Queens of Society" by Grace and Phillip Wharton. It was published by Porter and Coates of Philadelphia. No date listed, circa 1880.

This illustration is titled "La Marquise de Maintenon" and features a portrait of Françoise d'Aubigné, the second wife of King Louis XIV of France. She was known during her first marriage as Madame Scarron, and subsequently as Madame de Maintenon. Her marriage to the king was never officially announced or admitted, as it was morganatic, and thus she was never considered Queen Consort of France. Even so, she was very influential at court, and was one of the king's closest advisers. She founded the Maison royale de Saint-Louis, a school for girls from poorer noble families, in 1684.

Paper shows very light soil, rough lower edge where it was bound into the book. Includes tissueguard.

Title page from the original book shown for informational purposes and is not included with the sale.