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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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