1783 Catherine Noele Grand (née Worlée), Later Madame Talleyrand-Périgord, Princesse de Bénévent by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun (Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York USA)

According to her Wikipedia article, she was born in India to Danish parents and had made her way to Paris, via Kolkata and London, where she was a courtesan. She was mistress to Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, marrying him in 1802 due to Napoléon's pressure on him.

Image from Metropolitan Museum posted on 23 January 2012.

Mrs. Grand appears to be wearing a banded fichu in her 1783 Vigée-Lebrun portrait under a high and wide coiffure.

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