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Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« on: September 15, 2005, 07:47:58 PM »
Does anyone have some info on Mathilde Bonaparte as she seems like a fascinating person. I would also like to see some pictures of her or her husband if posible.

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2005, 08:51:01 PM »
Small photos of Prince Anatole Demidoff di San Donato and Princess Mathilde Bonaparte!

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005, 08:53:24 PM »
And few portraits of Anatole and Mathilde!

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2005, 08:55:09 PM »
Demidoff's were fabulously rich Russian family if not the richest at the time and at the time of Anatole and Mathilde's marriage Banaparte's were in need of money!

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2005, 02:56:12 AM »
Wasn't she engaged to Napoleon III? Or were just rumors?

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2005, 02:25:31 AM »
Thanks  :)

She was born the 27th May 1820 (Trieste/Italy) and was engaged when she was 16 to Napoléon III, but "l'affaire de Strasbourg"  caused the anger of her father and the rupture of their engagement. She married with anatole Demidoff the 1st November 1840, they separated at the end of 4 or 7 years (don't know exactly), after that, she met the count of Nieuwerkerke, superintendent of the Art schools. She had lot of friends who were artists, she died the 2nd january 1904 in Paris.

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2005, 03:22:41 PM »
Here is the full portrait of Mathilde by Dubufe Marc posted earlier:

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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2005, 04:50:06 PM »
On the subject of Mathilde's engagement to Napoleon III:  At the time, he was not emperor, or even thought of in that way.  Mathilde was a very intelligent, high-minded person, and she thought him not very smart.  Once, she said something to the effect of she would like to crack his head open to see what was inside.  Also, I don't think there was enough money involved in the deal for her father to allow her to marry Napoleon III.  Later, when he became emperor, she regretted her decision, and she became one of his chief backers, financially and otherwise.

On Demidoff:  He was a brutal person who was known far and wide for his violent behavior and bad manners.  But he had lots of cash and Mathilde's family needed lots of cash.  He also collected Napoleonic memorabilia, and he added Mathilde to his collection.  Mathilde's father sold Demidoff a diamond necklace that had belonged to Mathilde's own mother (Catherine of Wurttemburg), so that Demidoff could give it to Mathilde and Fifi's third wife could continue to wear it. Nicholas I once told Mathilde she could always count on him, after learning of Demidoff's abusive treatment of her.  In fact, Nicholas I gave Mathilde asylum when she first left Demidoff, and granted her a decree of separation.  

Mathilde is a very interesting character.  There is a lot of information on her.  She was almost brilliantly intellectual and artistic, as were many in her extended family, but she was also, IMO, cold and calculating. She grew up in a bad situation.  She hated her father for his constant money grubbing and her mother was emotionally and physically distant, with practically no relationship at all with her daughter.  Mathilde's uncle, the King of Wurttemburg, once told Catherine (Mathilde's mother), something to the effect of, "dress her better and show her some devotion."  She was still being dressed as a girl when she was a young woman.  
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Re: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2005, 01:40:19 AM »
Thanks Prince Christopher for the info.  Mathilde is a very interesting person and had a very interesting life!

Napoleon III on the hand always seemed to get rejected!  He proposed to QV's step niece, Adelheid of Hohenlohe and got rejected too.


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