Marquise de Rougé
Madame de Rougé was a niece of the duchess of Elbeuf, having married into the latter's maternal family. She became the marquise de Rougé in 1777 and had two sons, Bonabes-Alexis and Adrien. The family stayed at the duchess's Moreuil property for several months in 1790 before retreating back to Paris (and emigrating shortly thereafter) following a tense stand-off between the duchess and local inhabitants (see the Letter extract for 30 August 1790). The duchess of Elbeuf, childless herself, played an important role in securing the social advancement of the marquise's children. The family trio feature in a celebrated 1787 portrait by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, 'The Marquise de Pezay, and the Marquise de Rougé with Her Sons Alexis and Adrien'.
Appears in these Letters:
The first anniversity of the Storming of the Bastille was celebrated on an epic scale in Paris. Out in Moreuil the duchess and the relations she had...
30 August: Confrontation at Moreuil
This entry details a lengthy confrontation between the duchess and local inhabitants at her Moreuil estate. The new political landscape taking shape...