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Cora Pearl, Queen of the 19th Century Parisian Courtesans. She was a famous courtesan of the 19th century French demimonde, born Emma Elizabeth Crouch.

"Mrs. Horton, Later Viscountess Maynard (died 1814/15)", c. 1770, by Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723-1792). The sitter was one of the great courtesans of her day. In 1763 she was the mistress of the third Duke of Grafton, and later, in 1769, of the third Duke of Dorset. In 1776 she married Charles Maynard, second Viscount Maynard, who, at twenty-three, was at least a decade younger than she. In 1784 she began an affair with the nineteen-year-old Francis Russell, fifth Duke of Bedford.

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary –a crowned queen. The 2 would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary of Scots were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married to Philip II of Spain. Philip was enchanted by his 14 yr old bride & gave up his mistress.

Elizabeth Keckley- former slave who became a successful seamstress, civic activist and author of "Behind the Scenes Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four years in the White House"

Dorothea Jordan (21 November 1761 – 5 July 1816) was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom, for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. Together they had ten illegitimate children, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence.

cora+pearl | Cora Pearl (Emma Elizabeth Crouch)

These are Buchenwald concentration camp guards who have gotten a beating from the prisoners upon liberation of camp by the Americans. The picture was taken in April 1945, by the U.S. military photographer Elizabeth Miller.

portrait of Jane Digby el Mesrab, also known at various times as Baroness Schwartzenberg, Lady Ellenborough

Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of Charles II by lisby1, via Flickr

Gabrielle d'Estrees, Duchess of Beaufort and Verneuil, Marchioness of Monceau 1573 – 1599. Royal mistress to Henri IV of France - odd-facts.blogspo...

Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous "Rosie the Riveter" poster. - WWII propaganda photograph USA, women war workers