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Virginia Oldoini, Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography as a model and collaborator of photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson.

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Countess of castiglione, by PL Pierson, 1865

Virginia Woolf and Clive Bell on the beach at Studland Bay, Dorset

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Blondine Threw Her Arms Around Him, Virginia Frances Sterrett, circa 1920. Illustration for the French fairy tale Blondine, by Sophie Rostopchine, Comtesse de Ségur.