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Stéphane Baron (French 1830-1921)A popular courtesan

French courtesan Liane Pougy

Marie Angélique de Scorailles (1661 – 28 June 1681) was a French noblewoman and one of the many mistresses of Louis XIV. A lady-in-waiting to his sister-in-law the Duchess of Orléans, she caught the attention of the Sun King[1] and became his lover in 1679. She died as a result of childbirth.

Cora Pearl, Queen of the 19th Century Parisian Courtesans

Cora Pearl dressed by Worth. Crinoline dress detail.

Laura Bell (1829–1894) was dubbed the 'Queen of London whoredom', Bell was a famous courtesan in the 19th century. She allegedly once earned the equivalent of £250,000 for a single night spent with Prince Jang Bahadur of Nepal. Later in life she underwent a dramatic religious conversion and became a revivalist preacher on morality.

The family of Mégret de Sérilly by Jacques Thouron, 1787. with a doll

Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons (French: Olympe Mancini) (July 11, 1638 – October 9, 1708) was the second eldest of the five celebrated Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes because their uncle was Louis XIV's chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin. Olympia was later to become the mother of the famous Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy.

EVELYN NESBIT as "GEISHA" -- The Photo Session That Led to MURDER. She was the original' "Gibson Girl" model of the late Meiji-era, and the darling of photographers. This is an original hand-colored collotype image. The "Kimono" (which is actually not a real kimono) is reversed -- right lapel over left, as the photo was originally printed. If this is not a case of the negative being reversed, perhaps she "incorrectly" threw it on (or the photographer incorrectly "adjusted her" under...

Lina Cavalieri, italian opera singer