Gris-Gris. Croquis par Mme Viger 1870.



8vo. A sketchbook of studies of the cat Grisgris 24 sheets, pen and brown ink, each on thin wove writing paper headed ‘Domaine de Beauregard/ Par Versailles (Seine -et-Oise)’, various inscriptions throughout, several sheets dated, cloth with printed cat head motif, gilt lettered green morocco label on spine, in marbled slip-case, 24 sheets of original drawings by Mme Viger, all studies of her cat Gris-Gris ‘Mon dernier ami’ made in 1870.

Gris-Gris Croquis par Mme Viger 1870

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Beauregard is a former house in La Celle-Saint-Cloud south-west suburbs of Paris, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Versailles.[1]

The name of the domain seems to have its roots in the Middle Ages. The château was built on a top of a hill between La Celle-Saint-Cloud and Le Chesnay. In the early 17th century, the house was owned by the du Val family, Pierre du Val was the House master of king of France. Then the château was the property of the Montaigu family, which rented it. During the Revolution and Empire eras, ownership of the château changed often.

In the mid 19th century, Harriet Howard bought the house and its park. She also bought the Béchevet farm and the Bel-Ébat stud farm, marking a very large 184 ha property. The château was in a poor condition; she rebuilt it in a neo-classical style. She also enclosed the whole area with a wall. From this château, she worked for the success of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (later Napoleon III), of whom she was mistress and financial backer. She died in 1865.

Her son Martin-Constantin Haryett, created comte de Béchevet by Napoléon III, was a spendthrift, and had to sell the château in 1870 to the duchesse de Beauffremont. But a few months later, the Franco-Prussian War broke out. The Prussians, installed in La Celle Saint-Cloud made Beauregard their headquarters, and built some fortifications. The duchesse de Beauffremont was ruined, was not able to rehabilite it, and the house was seized. In 1872, it then became the property of baron Maurice de Hirsch, who fully restored it. Although having a town house in rue de l’Élysée in Paris, he and his family frequently stayed at Beauregard. At his death in 1896, the château was bequeathed to Maurice Arnold Deforest, comte de Bendern (Liechtenstein title). He owned several properties across Europe, and did not come so often to Beauregard, leaving the château abandoned.

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Publisher: Self-published.
Format: Cloth in slipcase
Date: 1870
Place: Versailles.
Edition: First edition
Book ID: 022507

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