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Earl of Erroll.
Honorable Charles Gore.
B. Lumley, Esq.
George Jones, Esq.
Honorable G. Barrington.
Honorable Colonel C. B. Phipps.
Each portrait may be had separately, price 5s., but the work complete at 4s. each. Size-14 inches high, 10 inches wide.
Knowing the great esteem and respect in which Mr. Lane was deservedly held by Count D'Orsay, on account of his worth and probity, no less than on account of his great merit as an artist and lithographer, I addressed a note to him, stating I was aware how intimately acquainted he had long been with Count D'Orsay, and requesting such aid and information as might help to enable me to set D'Orsay before the English public in a better light than that of a mere man of fashion, an arbiter elegantiarum of modish circles—a wit even, or a quasi artist, feeling he could jump into art with as much ease and elegance as he could vault into his saddle. And as the world had plenty of evidence of that sort of eminence and agility, I sought such testimony rather as might show him to have been something more and better than an exquisite or a dilettante—of his being an original thinking man, of some noble qualities, of a large heart, and a kindly, generous disposition.
LETTER FROM RICHARD J. LANE, ESQ., TO R. R. MADDEN, Esq. "3 Osnaburgh Terrace, October 27th, 1854. "DEAR SIR,-The request that you have made imposes on me a duty which I will endeavor to fulfill in a manner to do justice to the memory of Count D'Orsay on those points on which you have asked my opinion.
"As a patron, his kind consideration for my interest, and prompt fulfillment of every engagement, never failed me for the more than twenty years of my association with him; and the friendship that arose out of our intercourse (and which I attest with gratitude) proceeded at a steady pace, without the smallest check, during the same period, and remained unbroken, when, on his final departure from England, he continued to give me such evidence of the constancy of his regard as will be found conveyed in his letters.
"In the sketches of the celebrities of Lady Blessington's salons which he brought to me (amounting to some hundred and fifty or more), there was generally an appropriate expression and character that I found difficult to retain in the process of elaboration; and although I may have improved upon them in the qualities for which I was trained, I often found that the final touches of his own hand alone made the work satisfactory.
"Of the amount and character of the assistance of which the count availed himself in the production of his pictures and models I have a clear notion, and I rejoice to think that you will make evident before your readers what I believe I have already impressed on you.
"When a gentleman would rush into the practice of that which, in its mechanism, demands experience and instruction, he avails himself of the
help of a craftsman, whose services are sought for painting-in the subordinate parts, and working out his rude beginnings. In the first rank of art, at this day, are others who, like the Count D'Orsay, have been unprepared, excepting by the possession of taste and genius, for the practice of art, and whose merits are in no way obscured by the assistance which they also freely seek in the manipulation of their works; and it is no less easy to detect, in the pictures of the count, the precise amount of mechanical aid which he has received from another hand, than the graces of character and feeling that are superadded by his own. I have seen a rough model, executed entirely by himself, of such extraordinary power and simplicity of design, that I begged him to have it moulded, and not to proceed to the details of the work until he could place this first model side by side with the cast in clay, to be worked up. He took my advice, and his equestrian statue of the first Napoleon may fairly justify my opinion.
"For art he had a heartfelt sympathy, a searching eye, and a critical taste, fostered by habitual intercourse with some of our first artists.
“I cheerfully place at your disposal one letter of his, especially valued by me, of the 21st of February, 1850, and another very remarkable letter, written from Paris soon after the elevation of the Prince NAPOLEON LOUIS to the Presidency of the French Republic.
"I have the honor to remain, dear sir, your very faithful servant,
"RICHARD J. LANE."
LETTERS FROM COUNT D'ORSAY TO RICHARD J. LANE, ESQ.
"I rejoice to read your opinions of the prince. I well remember the circumstance you mention,* and his visits to you when you did my two lithographs of him.† . . . .
". . . . . The last election was even more wonderful than the first, for then he had the whole army with him. Rely upon it, he will do more for France than any sovereign has done for the last two centuries, if only they give him time."+
* I reminded him that, on the morning of the day of the first election of the president, he came to my house before church time, and diverted me from graver duties, to listen to his confident anticipations of the result of that memorable day. "Think," said he, "what is the ordinary November weather in Paris; and here is a beautiful day. I have watched the mercury in my garden. I have seen where is the wind, and I tell you, that on Paris is what they will call the sun of Austerlitz. To-morrow you shall hear that while we are now talking, they vote for him with almost one mind, and that he has the absolute majority."-R. J. L. + October, 1839.
D'Orsay's efforts to gain over public opinion in England for Louis Napoleon were as unceasing as his endeavors to inspire private friends with favorable sentiments in relation to the prince and his pretensions. I have a letter of his now before me, dated the 18th of June, 1846, addressed to a literary man of great eminence, connected with one of the leading London newspapers, earnestly entreating of him to use his influence with some of the principal writers in the London journals, and editors of them, to get them to abstain from writing against Louis Napoleon. "Do you think," he says, "you could prevent write these atrocious, false nonsenses against Prince Napoleon? The fact is, that
"Paris, 21st February, 1850.
"MY DEAR LANE,-I can not really express to you the extent of my sorrow about your dear and good family. You know that my heart is quite open to sympathy with the sorrows of others. But judge, therefore, how it must be, when so great a calamity strikes a family like yours, which family I always considered one of the best I ever had the good fortune to know. What a trial for dear Mrs. Lane, after so many cares, losing a son like yours, just at the moment that he was to derive the benefit of the good education you gave him. Poor Miss Power is very much affected, I assure you. There is no consolation to offer. The only one that I can imagine is to think continually of the person lost, and to make one's self more miserable by thinking. It is, morally speaking, a homeopathic treatment, and the only one which can give some relief. You can not form an idea of the soulagement that I found in occupying myself in the country (at Chambourcy) in building the monument which I have erected to dear Lady Blessington's memory. I made it so solid and so fine, that I felt all the time that death was the reality, and life only the dream of all around me. When I hear any one making projects for the future, I laugh, feeling as I do now, that we may to-morrow, without five minutes' notice, have to follow those we regret. I am prepared for that, with a satisfactory resignation. I am sure that you have those feelings. Give my most affectionate regards to your dear family, and believe me always, far or near, your sincere friend, D'ORSAY."
COUNT D'ORSAY'S FIRST VISIT TO ENGLAND.
The Count Marcellus, who was French chargé d'affaires at the court of London during the ministry of Chateaubriand, in his work "Politique de la Restauration en 1822 et 1823" (Paris, 1853), makes mention of a ball he gave in London, at the period of the invasion of Spain by the Legitimists, when the London mob had made an attack on the hotel of the French minister. The ball, he says, was attended by the Duke of Wellington-various representatives of the Congress of Verona-all the world of fashion were thereand, "lastly, D'Orsay brought in his train the ordinary circle of dandies who made his escort."
This is the earliest mention I have seen in any published work of D'Orsay's sojourn in London previously to the return of Lady Blessington from the Continent in 1831. At the time of his visit to England, his brother-in-law, the Duke de Grammont (then Duc de Guiche), who, during his exile from France, had served in the English army (in the tenth dragoons), was sojourning in London, and D'Orsay's visit on that occasion was to his sister and her husband.
At the period of Count D'Orsay's second visit to London, some months
is the ame damnée de Guizot and Louis Philippe, and the articles upon France are a great deal more than ridiculous."-R. R. M.
after the French Revolution of 1830, the Marshal Sebastiani (who had married a sister of the present Duc de Grammont) was embassador at the court of St. James's, and his being there was one of the inducements which had led D'Orsay to take up his abode in London at that time.
THE DUKE DE GRAMMONT.
The titles to nobility of the house of Grammont go as far back as the year 865, the period at which this family, originally from Arragon, made, at the time of the election of the King Sancho Garcia Eneco, its first appearance in the public affairs of the kingdom of Navarre, under the title of Ricos Hombres De Natura, or first grand barons, equivalent in these days to the title of grandee of Spain of the first class.
The family of Grammont are allied by marriage to the royal blood of Arragon, of Navarre, to the ancient counts of Foix, of Bearn, and to the Orleans family. It belongs to the small number of the houses of sovereigns which form a part of the French nobility, and exercised its right of sovereignty in its principality of Bidache and Barnache, in Lower Navarre, until the year 1789.*
Comte Philibert de Grammont, of notoriety in England in the time of Charles the Second, was one of the latest celebrities of this distinguished family; he died in 1707, aged eighty-six.
Count Anthony Hamilton, the brother-in-law of Chevalier de Grammont, and the writer of the count's Memoirs, was born in Ireland about 1646, and died at St. Germaine-en-Laye in 1720, aged seventy-four. Count Hamilton was specially qualified for the task imposed on him by his brother-in-law. He was to Grammont what Boswell was to Johnson.
ANTOINE GENEVIEVE HERACLIUS Agenor de gRAMMONT, PRESENT
The Duke de Grammont, born in 1789, married, July 23, 1818, Anne Quintina Albertini Ida, née Comtesse D'Orsay, and had issue,
1. Antoine Alfred Agenor Grammont, Duc de Guiche, born August 14, 1819, an elève de l'Ecole Polytechnique, and officer of artillery, married Emma Mary, daughter of W. A. MacKinnon, Esq., M.P.
2. Antoine Philibert Leon Count de Grammont, Duc de Lesparre, born July 1, 1820 (an elève of the Ecole Militaire de St. Cyr, and an officer of cavalry), married, June 4, 1844, Marie, daughter of Vicomte de Ségur.
3. Antoine Alfred Onerius Theophile de Grammont, Comte de Grammont, born June 2, 1823 (an officer of infantry), married, November 21, 1848, Louisa de Choiseul Praslin.
*Annuaire Biographique, ed. 1843, p. 63.