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U.S. London street scene, 1912. A newsboy holds a broadside reading, "Titanic Disaster Great Loss of Life."
Catherine II of Russia (1729-96); Empress of Russia (1762-96). Also known as Catherine the Great, she is the longest ruling female leader of Russia and presided over the empire during its largest expansion. Catherine also ushered in the Russian Enlightenment, was a correspondent of Voltaire and helped establish the first state-financed higher education institute for women in Europe. Having potentially murdered her husband, Catherine was often the target of cruel rumours regarding her sexuality.
Margaret of France (French: Marguerite de France or Marguerite de Valois, 1553 – 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of Valois.,Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.
I am really interested in the hair in this piece. The rolls are similar to what you see in Spain at the time, but they are much smaller, and a much different shape. I wonder if it is a product of a widows peek or if it is something else entirely. Maria (di Cosimo I) de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino ca. 1551