Juliette Récamier (December 4, 1777 – May 11, 1849)
Juliette Récamier was a French society leader, whose salon drew Parisians from the leading literary and political circles of the early 19th century. She was married at the age of 15 to Jacques-Rose Récamier, a rich banker nearly 30 years her senior and a relative of the gourmand Brillat-Savarin. The Récamier marriage was never consummated, and Juliette remained a virgin until at least the age of forty. She was one of the lovers of Madame de Staël. Madame de Staël was a French woman of letters of Swiss origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. She was one of Napoleon's principal opponents. Celebrated for her conversational eloquence, she actively participated in the political and intellectual life of her times. Her works, both critical and fictional, made their mark on the history of European Romanticism. Juliette’s husband had sustained heavy financial losses in 1805, and she visited Mme de Staël at Coppet in Switzerland. There was a project for her divorce, in order that she might marry Prince Augustus of Prussia, but, though her husband was willing, it was not arranged. In her later days, she lost most of what was left of her fortune; but she continued to receive visitors in her apartment at L'Abbaye-aux-Bois, a 17th century convent (demolished in 1907) situated at 16 rue de Sèvres in Paris, to which she retired in 1819.
Timeline & Places:
December 4, 1777: birth.
1819 to 1849: lived at Ancienne Abbaye-aux-Bois, 16 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, Francia
May 11, 1849: death. Buried at Montmartre Cemetery, 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris, Francia.