Living Age Volume 5

Living Age Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ... village and church of Liniere. Finally, we visited the orangerie and hothouses, and were then conducted by the marchioness to her favorite spot, laid out to resemble, and called an English garden. She showed us a small parterre of pretty Scotch roses, which had been sent her as a present from the venerable Lord Lyricdoch, a brother in arms of the marquis. VVe had scarcely returned to the house, when we were told to prepare for a drive, as they wished us to see some of the neighboring chateaux. When we were ready. three handsome cquipages drove up---a caleche, Brougham, and the Comte de Beaulieu's favorite, each drawn by a pair of line English horses. Ve visited two chateanx. One of these contained a rare collection of paintings by the old masters, hung in a gallery evidently copied from the Louvre. The luxury of everything there was regal. Precious bronzes and antique marble busts were distributed through the apartments. The dining-room was worthy of Lucullus. The house had belonged to one of the ancient noblesse, whose widow, after his decapitation, had been obliged to sell it for a trifle to a citizen. This man had a daughter in whotn all his wealth centred; she married a young member of the old aristocracy, and is now a widow with two children. Some years back, her husband was sent as ambassador to England by Louis XVIII. Ve were particularly struck by the sofas with awnings dispersed through the grounds, and by an octagon room, some of the windows of which opened upon the lawn; they had also awnings over them, and at each side of the steps flowers in vases. A beautifttl ornamented cottage in the grounds was most tastefully furnished, and would make a charming summer abode. The riding house and some ofthe stables are built with...show more

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  • Paperback | 664 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,166g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236936388
  • 9781236936387