The Ladies Gazette

Lillian Russell, American Gilded Age singer and actress

Lillian Russell was one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th century. She was known for her beauty, style, voice and stage presence.

For many years, she had been the leading singer in operettas and musical theatre in the United States.

Russell was married four times. In her later years she wrote a newspaper column, supported women's suffrage, was a popular lecturer and helped to pass the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924.

Maria Luisa, from Grand Duchess of Tuscany to Holy Roman Empress

Infanta Maria Luisa of Spain was Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Queen of Germany, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia and Grand Duchess of Tuscany as consort of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Her parents were Charles, King of Naples and Sicily, and Maria Amalia of Saxony.

Maria Luisa was a blue-eyed beauty with a lively charm, simple and unpretentious, with a disposition to be generous and kind.

The Wyndham Sisters, masterpiece by painter John Singer Sargent

The Wyndham Sisters (1899) is a wonderful painting by the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), depicting the three beautiful and talented daughters of the Honourable Percy Scawen Wyndham and his wife Madeline; from left to right: Madeline, Mrs Adeane; Pamela, Mrs Tennant; and Mary, Lady Elcho.

The portrait is on display at the MET Museum in New York.

Let's discover together the story of the Wyndham sisters and this Sargent masterpiece.

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