Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait
September 19, 2015

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known as Hameau de la Reine (“The Queen’s Hamlet”). It is located near the famed Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles Palace.


“The Queen’s Hamlet”

This Apartment Therapy article has a few more photos of the village.


Marie Antoinette en chemise (1783) by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

That same year, the Queen’s court painter, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, painted Marie Antoinette en chemise. That did not go over well. The populace found it inappropriate and scandalous. It was seen as the Queen basically being painted in her underwear.

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast and the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle (historical fiction), The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street (historical romance), and The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII (non-fiction). Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a historical fiction writer, a lover of history, and a hoarder of books. I'm the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.