Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Comtesse de Langeac


Probably belonging to Marie-Magdelaine-Joseph-Aglaé de Cusacque (1725-1778), dau. of Robert-Edmond de Cusacque, maréchal des camps et armées du Roi and Marie-Anne-Isabelle-Brigitte Fitz-Gerald.
Married Etienne-Joseph de Lespinasse, comte de Langeac, but was best known as the mistress of the Duke de La Vrillère.
Louis-Phélypeaux de La Vrillière, comte de Saint-Florentin, duc de La Vrillère (1705-1777) was a Minister of Louis XV (1761-1775) who bought for his mistress, the future comtesse de Langeac, a charming house, later known as the Hotel de Langeac, rue de Berri, near the Avenue des Chams-Elysées.
The house also became famous because it was the residence of Thomas Jefferson – American Ambassador to France, from 1785 to 1789. Jefferson rented the Hotel de Langeac from the countess' son Auguste Louis Joseph Fidèle Armand, comte de Langeac (see, Howard C. Rice, Jr., L'Hotel de Langeac, Paris and Monticello, 1947).

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