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Empress Eugenie (1826–1920)

Photo credit: Burton Constable Hall

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This is a copy of an original in the Musee Napoleon Schloss Arenenberg. The Emperor Napoleon III made no secret of his love for Mademoiselle de Montijo, who sat for her portrait shortly before becoming his wife and Empress of France. Less well-known is Eugenie’s reported dalliance with Talbot Clifford-Constable, who was reported by 'The Critic' to be near to marrying 'this fair daughter of Spain' before her spirited ways became too much for him when she boxed his ears!

Burton Constable Hall



19th C


plaster & paint


H 61 x W 28 x D 26 cm

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Acquisition method

transferred from the Constable Family to Leeds Museums & Galleries, 1992

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Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Riding of Yorkshire HU11 4LN England

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