Her bloom was like the springing flower, That sips the silver dew; The rose was budded in her cheek, Just opening to the view. But Love had, like the canker-worm, Consumed her early prime: The rose grew pale, and left her cheek; She died before her time. (From William and Margaret by David Mallet)
The painting in the background is of Josephine Eleonore Marie Pauline de Galard de Brassacede Bearn, Princesse de Broglie by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
A member of the most cultivated circles of the Second Empire, the princess was renowned for her great beauty as well as her reserve.
The Princesse de Broglie died of consumption at the age of thirty-five. Her bereaved husband kept this portrait behind draperies in perpetual tribute to her memory.
July 14th, 2012
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