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Noble Woman Collection

"Noble Women: A Tapestry of Power, Grace, and Rebellion" Step into the world of noble women throughout history and witness their remarkable stories unfold

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: LADY GODIVA, 11th CENTURY. Wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman

LADY GODIVA, 11th CENTURY. Wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman, patron of the arts, equestrienne, and tax protester. Lady Godiva riding nude on a horse

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament

KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament, one of whom (left) is being presented with a trophy. French manuscript illumination, 15th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARIE M. BRINVILLIERS (c1630-1676). Marquise de d Aubray. French murderess

MARIE M. BRINVILLIERS (c1630-1676). Marquise de d Aubray. French murderess. Wood engraving, French, 19th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Noblewoman & Son, Knole

Noblewoman & Son, Knole
A noblewoman and her son sit looking at a book by the fireplace in the Brown Gallery at Knole, Kent

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Costumes of Jewish noble woman and rabbi, 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)

Costumes of Jewish noble woman and rabbi, 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912590 Costumes of Jewish noble woman and rabbi, 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Costumes of 13th century)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Roman noblewoman -female costume from 14th century

Roman noblewoman -female costume from 14th century
3780380 Roman noblewoman -female costume from 14th century; (add.info.: Roman noblewoman - female costume from 14th century, shown wearing white headdress, long pink dress and light blue coat. c)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: French Noblewoman - female costume from 15th century

French Noblewoman - female costume from 15th century
3780381 French Noblewoman - female costume from 15th century; (add.info.: French Noblewoman - female costume from 15th century, shown wearing hennin hat (pointed hat)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Noble woman of Java, Indonesia

Noble woman of Java, Indonesia
6339128 Noble woman of Java, Indonesia by Lisbet, L. (19th century); (add.info.: Noble woman of Java, Indonesia. She wears a dodot and sarong (skirt) in batik, sabuk (waistband), kemban (corset)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Noble woman lounging on a Byzantine bed of the 9th century (from a manuscript in the Bibliotheque)

Noble woman lounging on a Byzantine bed of the 9th century (from a manuscript in the Bibliotheque Royale)
6338978 Noble woman lounging on a Byzantine bed of the 9th century (from a manuscript in the Bibliotheque Royale) by Villain (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Pocahontas (c. 1596-1617), Native American, wood engraving, published in 1884

Pocahontas (c. 1596-1617), Native American, wood engraving, published in 1884
Pocahontas (born Matoaka, known as Amonute, and later known as Rebecca Rolfe, c. 1596 - 1617), Native American. She was an intermediary between the trunks of the Virginia Algonquian

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Masked Noble Woman, from 'La Noblesse de Lorraine'(verso), c. 1620-23 (etching)

Masked Noble Woman, from "La Noblesse de Lorraine"(verso), c. 1620-23 (etching)
880425 Masked Noble Woman, from " La Noblesse de Lorraine" (verso), c.1620-23 (etching) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635); 14.6x8.8 cm; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Demonic Frog

Demonic Frog
A demon, in the form of a frog, seeks to persuade a married noblewoman to exchange her chastity for his gold

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: 10th Century Woman

10th Century Woman
A Carlovingian noblewoman, wearing her hair in plaits as became the fashion

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: 16Thc Drawing Room Scene

16Thc Drawing Room Scene
A noblewoman works at her embroidery while her daughter winds the silk thread, in the drawing room at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: CABARRUS Y GELABERT, Teresa (1773-1835). Spanish

CABARRUS Y GELABERT, Teresa (1773-1835). Spanish noblewoman, daughter of Francisco Cabarrus. She was married to Jean Lambert Taillen, a French political figure of the revolutionary period. Litography

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: Noblewoman receives lesson in counting. Flemish tapestry, 1520

Noblewoman receives lesson in counting. Flemish tapestry, 1520
TAPESTRY: ARITHMETIC, 1520. Noblewoman receives lesson in counting. Flemish tapestry, 1520

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: NANCY WITCHER ASTOR (1879-1964). N

NANCY WITCHER ASTOR (1879-1964). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: AUGUSTA ADA LOVELACE (1815-1852). N

AUGUSTA ADA LOVELACE (1815-1852). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MADAME de STAEL (1766-1817). Anne-Louise-Germaine de Stael, n

MADAME de STAEL (1766-1817). Anne-Louise-Germaine de Stael, n

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: ANNETTE DROSTE-HULSHOFF (1797-1848). German poet. Line engraving, 19th century

ANNETTE DROSTE-HULSHOFF (1797-1848). German poet. Line engraving, 19th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: GYP (1850-1932). Pseudonym of Marie-Antoinette de Riquetti de Mirabeau

GYP (1850-1932). Pseudonym of Marie-Antoinette de Riquetti de Mirabeau, comtesse de Martel de Janville. French writer

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: HEIDELBERG LIEDER, 14th C. The minnesinger Dietmar der Sezzer in a tournament in an illumination

HEIDELBERG LIEDER, 14th C. The minnesinger Dietmar der Sezzer in a tournament in an illumination from the early 14th century great Heidelberg Lieder ms

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARGUERITE GARDINER (1789-1849). N

MARGUERITE GARDINER (1789-1849). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: GERMAN MINNESINGER 14th C. The minnesinger Alram von Gresten

GERMAN MINNESINGER 14th C. The minnesinger Alram von Gresten, in an illumination from the early 14th century great Heidelberg Lieder manuscript

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MINNESINGER LIEDER. The minnesinger Rudolf von Rotenberg. Illumination from the great Heidelberg

MINNESINGER LIEDER. The minnesinger Rudolf von Rotenberg. Illumination from the great Heidelberg Lieder manuscript, early 14th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: COMTESSE DE GENLIS (1746-1830). French writer. Line engraving after a drawing by Achille Dev

COMTESSE DE GENLIS (1746-1830). French writer. Line engraving after a drawing by Achille Dev

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: KNIGHT, 14th CENTURY. The minnesinger Herzog Heinrich von Breslau receiving the victors wreath at

KNIGHT, 14th CENTURY. The minnesinger Herzog Heinrich von Breslau receiving the victors wreath at the end of a tournament. Illumination from the early 14th century great Heidelberg Lieder manuscript

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARQUISE MARIE de SEVIGNE (1626-1696). French writer and lady of fashion. Aquatint, English, 1802

MARQUISE MARIE de SEVIGNE (1626-1696). French writer and lady of fashion. Aquatint, English, 1802, after the painting by Louis Ferdinand

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MINNESINGER LIEDER. The minnesinger Alarm von Gresten. Illumination from the great Heidelberg

MINNESINGER LIEDER. The minnesinger Alarm von Gresten. Illumination from the great Heidelberg Lieder manuscript, early 14th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: FRANCE: NOBLEWOMAN. Catherine de Boulvainvilliers. Engraving by Jean le Blond, 17th century

FRANCE: NOBLEWOMAN. Catherine de Boulvainvilliers. Engraving by Jean le Blond, 17th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARIE ADELAIDE OF SAVOY (1685-1712). Princess of Savoy and Piedmont

MARIE ADELAIDE OF SAVOY (1685-1712). Princess of Savoy and Piedmont and Duchess of Burgundy; mother of King Louis XV of France. Line engraving, c1700

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: ENGLAND: THAMES RIVER. Friends on the Thames. Noblemen waving to sailors on the Thames River

ENGLAND: THAMES RIVER. Friends on the Thames. Noblemen waving to sailors on the Thames River, England, 17th or 18th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: GEORGE III: CORONATION, 1761. Coronation banquet held by King George III

GEORGE III: CORONATION, 1761. Coronation banquet held by King George III and Queen Charlotte at Westminster Hall, London, England, 1761. English line engraving

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: COMTESSE DU BARRY (c1746-1793). Mistress of King Louis XV of France

COMTESSE DU BARRY (c1746-1793). Mistress of King Louis XV of France. Du Barry in male hunting costume. Line engraving

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARQUISE DE POMPADOUR (1721-1764). N

MARQUISE DE POMPADOUR (1721-1764). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: LA PRINCESSE DE CLÈVES. Illustration from the 1889 edition of the French novel

LA PRINCESSE DE CLÈVES. Illustration from the 1889 edition of the French novel, La Princesse de Clèves, by Madame de Lafayette

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: OPERA: GRAND DUCHESS, 1867. Scene from an 1867 performance of Jacques Offenbachs operetta The

OPERA: GRAND DUCHESS, 1867. Scene from an 1867 performance of Jacques Offenbachs operetta The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, at the Royal Italian Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: DUCHESSE de TRÉMOILLE (1691-1717). N

DUCHESSE de TRÉMOILLE (1691-1717). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: NUREMBERG: BRIDE. A Nuremberg, Germany, bride of nobility. Wood engraving

NUREMBERG: BRIDE. A Nuremberg, Germany, bride of nobility. Wood engraving

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: KNIGHTS: TRIAL BY COMBAT. Knights in a trial by combat. Line engraving after a miniature from a

KNIGHTS: TRIAL BY COMBAT. Knights in a trial by combat. Line engraving after a miniature from a 15th century French manuscript

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: LADY FRANCES BRANDON (1517-1559). Duchess of Suffolk and mother of Lady Jane Grey

LADY FRANCES BRANDON (1517-1559). Duchess of Suffolk and mother of Lady Jane Grey. Detail from The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey. Mezzotint, 19th century, after Achille Dev

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: ANNE CLIFFORD (1590-1676). Countess of Dorset, Pembroke, and Montgomery

ANNE CLIFFORD (1590-1676). Countess of Dorset, Pembroke, and Montgomery. Stipple engraving, 19th century

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: ANNE ISABELLA BYRON (1792-1860). N

ANNE ISABELLA BYRON (1792-1860). N

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: COUNTESS TERESA GUICCIOLI (1801?-1873). Italian noblewoman and mistress of George Gordon Byron

COUNTESS TERESA GUICCIOLI (1801?-1873). Italian noblewoman and mistress of George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron. Stipple engraving, 1833, by H.T. Ryall after a drawing, 1833, by William Brockedon

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: DUCHESS OF ANGOULÊME (1778-1851). Marie Th

DUCHESS OF ANGOULÊME (1778-1851). Marie Th

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: MARY ANNE DISRAELI (1792-1872). Viscountess of Beaconsfield, 1792-1872. Wife of Benjamin Disraeli

MARY ANNE DISRAELI (1792-1872). Viscountess of Beaconsfield, 1792-1872. Wife of Benjamin Disraeli. Steel engraving, 1840, after a drawing by Alfred Edward Chalon (1780-1860)

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: SEDAN CHAIR, 18TH CENTURY. An 18th century lady being helped out of her sedan chair

SEDAN CHAIR, 18TH CENTURY. An 18th century lady being helped out of her sedan chair. Wood engraving, 1884, after Reginald Birch

Background imageNoble Woman Collection: CATHERINE NOELE GRAND (1762-1834). Mistress and wife of French diplomat Charles Maurice de

CATHERINE NOELE GRAND (1762-1834). Mistress and wife of French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-P



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"Noble Women: A Tapestry of Power, Grace, and Rebellion" Step into the world of noble women throughout history and witness their remarkable stories unfold. From the resplendent Mosaic of Empress Zoe in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul to the grandeur of medieval tournaments where knights on horseback compete for glory, these women have left an indelible mark on Europe's rich tapestry. One such noblewoman is Lady Godiva, an Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman known not only for her equestrian skills but also as a patron of the arts and a daring tax protester. Jules LeFebvre's lithograph captures her audacious ride through Coventry while fighting against oppressive taxation. Marie M. Brinvilliers stands out among this group as a French murderess whose dark deeds shocked society. Despite her sinister reputation, she exemplifies the complexity that lies within noblewomen - both powerful and flawed. Margaret Fuller emerges as an American critic and social reformer who tragically perished alongside her husband and child in a shipwreck off Fire Island. Her untimely death serves as a reminder that even those who fight tirelessly for change are not immune to life's cruelties. Traveling back in time reveals Roman noblewomen adorned in exquisite 14th-century costumes or French counterparts donning elegant attire from the 15th century. These fashion-forward ladies epitomize sophistication and refinement. Venturing beyond Europe brings us to Java, Indonesia, where we encounter a regal Javanese noblewoman embodying grace amidst cultural diversity. Her presence reminds us that nobility transcends borders. Intriguingly masked figures from "La Noblesse de Lorraine" transport us to early 17th-century France—a period marked by opulence yet shrouded secrets—an enigmatic portrayal capturing both allure and mystery. Lastly, Pocahontas emerges from Native American history, her image immortalized in a wood engraving from 1884.