The Maryland Historical Society Presents ‘Woman of Two Worlds:’ Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy
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As a gorgeous 18-year-old, Elizabeth Patterson set the gossipmongers atwitter with her revealing empire dresses at local society events. Her marriage to
With hundreds of objects and reams of documents, the Maryland Historical Society is launching a major new exhibition, entitled “Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy” that will open on
The exhibition includes silver, porcelain, paintings, textiles, jewelry, manuscripts and furniture associated with Elizabeth and her descendants illustrating her unique life shaped by American and European societies. Of particular note are Elizabeth’s pearl and garnet tiara and other jewelry, and one of her “scandalous” dresses in the French-style. In total, more than 100 objects will be on view in the exhibition, and this marks the first time the Maryland Historical Society has featured an exhibition exclusively devoted to a historical female figure.
“Few historical figures I have studied intrigue me as much as
We are deeply grateful to the many funders who have made this project possible, including The Von Hess Foundation.
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