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March 30, 2015

From Ethel Barrymore to Viscountess Nancy Astor, Here Are 40 Stunning Portraits of Beautiful Women From the Belle Époque

Literally "Beautiful Age". Name given in France to the period from roughly the end of the Franco-Prussian War (1871) to the start of World War 1 (1914), in which standards of living and security for the upper and middle classes increased, leading to it retrospectively being labelled as a golden age by them.

In the United Kingdom, the Belle Époque overlapped with the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era. In Germany, the Belle Époque coincided with the reigns of Kaiser Wilhelm I & II and in Russia with the reigns of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

1. Ethel Barrymore



2. Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill



3. Lady Edwina, the Duchess of Westminster



4. Maude Fealy



5. Mabelle Corey



6. Cléo de Mérode



7. Geneviève Lantelme



8. Maudi Darrell



9. Maud Adams



10. Pauline Chase



11. Evelyn Millard



12. Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough



13. Helena Marie-Elizabeth, Princess Cantacuzene



14. Mrs. Catherin Britton, the Consort Princess of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfurst



15. The Lady Curzon Vicountess of India



16. Lady Grosvenor, the Duchess of Westminster



17. Countess Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby



18. Violet Gertrude Twining, Lady Donegall



19. Helena Zimmerman, the Duchess of Manchester



20. Gladys Deacon, the Duchess of Marlborough



21. Lady Violet Ida Evelyn Lane-Fox, the Countess of Powis



22. Lillie Langtry



23. Princess Kaiulani



24. Queen Maria



25. Principesa Ileana



26. Prinzessin Viktoria Luise



27. Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg



28. Marcelle Lender



29. Olga Isabella Nethersole



30. Raquel Meller



31. La Belle Otero



32. Lady Gerard as Astarte



33. Daisy, the Princess of Pless



34. Mrs. A.G. Vanderbilt (Mrs. Margaret Emerson McKim)



35. Mrs. Ava Astor



36. Madame Consuelo Vanderbilt



37. Helena Modjeska



38. Geraldine Farrar



39. Mrs. Alice Lee Roosevelt



40. Viscountess Nancy Astor







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