ca. 1814 Madame Bessières, Wife of Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bessières by Robert Lefèvre (location unknown to gogm)

According to his French Wikipedia article, maréchal Bessieres died in combat in 1813.

From fr-peint.blogspot.com/2013/10/portrait-of-madame-bessieres-ca-1814.html; filled in shadows.

ca. 1814 Madame Bessières, Wife of Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bessières by Robert Lefèvre (location unknown to gogm) From fr-peint.blogspot.com/2013/10/portrait-of-madame-bessieres-ca-1814.html filled in shadows

Empire dresses can be very body-conscious as this 1814 Lefèvre portrait of Mme. Bessieres demonstrates.

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