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Eleonore and Maxime by suburbanbeatnik Eleonore and Maxime by suburbanbeatnik
More Captive Heiress artwork! Yes, Eleonore Duplay is a major character in my French Rev romantic historical WIP, The Captive Heiress. And her fiancee Robespierre shows up a few times too. Here's a depiction of a scene where she runs into him on the staircase of her home.

Done originally as an art trade for TheBrassGlass.

Xandrine and Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik Jean-Christophe by suburbanbeatnik Xandrine by suburbanbeatnik

And, a rough synopsis:

It's 1793. France, having recently deposed its king, now fights to preserve the fledgling French Republic. Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne-- better known as Xandrine-- is a poor aristocrat from the country with hardcore Republican sympathies. However, her entire world is turned upside down when her mother and stepfather are arrested for harboring refractory priests. Shortly after, she herself is abducted by a young revolutionary proconsul, Jean-Christophe Raset. He reveals to her that she's become a Person of Importance to the Republic because she's in direct line of inheriting Bouillon, a contested and highly strategic territory on the Flemish frontier. 

She's taken to Paris for an arranged marriage, where she is plunged into politics. She has fallen in love with Jean-Christophe, and they have an intense and passionate affair, but it looks like their relationship is doomed, since she has to marry another man. Jean-Christophe is good friends with radical journalist Camille Desmoulins, and he takes his side in his effort to free all the people imprisoned during the Terror. Now Xandrine finds herself in the middle of the two big factions of the Jacobin club, the Robespierrists and the Dantonists, embarking on a deadly feud that might destroy the Republic itself. 

Can Xandrine survive the Reign of Terror? How can she save herself and her family and her love? 

DRAMATIC CHORD! 

It'a going to be a long book, but I'm very excited about it. It should be done early next year. Watch this space for more info! 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They're on another DVD cover together, too, looking very sweet! It's a 2-part 1964 drama-doc: the romantic cover is a bit misleading re: its tone and emphasis, but at least Eléonore is in it!
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you familiar with this French drama-doc DVD? Low budget, done for the 1989 bicentenary, and Max is portrayed as the handsome young man we know he was (which is refreshing!) Eléonore is in it, too.
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
May I drool? (You may recall me as Silverwhistle from other contexts.)
I've returned to this fandom fairly recently (30-odd years ago I had a brief fling when a Sixth-Former doing the French Revolution for A Levels), having accidentally stumbled on the Deseine terracotta bust (which I'd never seen before) online, and… Let's just say I've printed it on a t-shirt. And the Boze profile drawing. Because Max is a complete and utter stunner. And yes, I think he and Eléonore make a lovely couple.

Are you using the Deseine bust at all as a model? There are photos of it online from most angles, which is very helpful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
BTW I don't know if I specifically used the bust as a model. I think mainly I was going back and forth between the Labille painting and the usual green-striped coat pic from the Carnavalet? And a few other drawings, i.e. the one where he is giving a speech at a podium and he looks incredibly short.  
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He's quite a neat little thing, isn't he? Dainty. And ravishing. And (sweetly) I suspect not fully aware why strange fangirls keep writing to him propositioning him… (McPhee quotes them!) I wouldn't be surprised if he used to be bullied at school for wearing specs and being slight, with a Northern accent, "the scholarship boy". So the fact he is strikingly handsome as a man hasn't gone to his head. He's more bemused by the attention.

The Carnavalet painting is inferior to the preparatory sketch by Gérard on which it's clearly based. But the bust is amazing. I chanced on it a couple of weeks ago by accident, and the attraction I'd had as a teenager doing A Level history (when I saw the b/w profile sketch) blazed back into life with a vengeance. I am quite, quite smitten. (And I do wonder if he might be another fellow-Aspie…)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi there! I wrote you a comment on Livejournal, but LJ ate it. I caught up on your posts, but I don't actively post there anymore (LJ is now all wrapped up in Russian politics, which makes me personally uncomfortable). I'm still pretty active here, so it's good to see you on deviantArt!

I recently pointed a friend to your Mordred post as an example of excellent character deconstruction re: the Arthurian mythos (I was discussing the latest terrible Arthur movie), so I was wondering how you were doing. It's good to see you! 

Yes, as you can tell, I have been up to my neck in French Revvy stuff for the past two years or so, working on an epic romantic historical novel which is probably going to be a trilogy because I'm up to 220k words. The working title is The Captive Heiress (with the second two installments Jacobin's Mistress and Revolutionary's Bride, possibly?). The catch-all page is here, for now: suburbanbeatnik.deviantart.com…

The synopsis is at the link if you want to check it out. Eleonore Duplay is a major character who does lots of cool shit! Camille Desmoulins also shows up and is a charismatic trainwreck. His dear wifey Lucile is there too... And after reading two biographies about her and reading her diary entries, letters and poetry (which a friend translated for me), I think much less of her than I used to. She has turned into a secondary antagonist. *rubs hands, smiling evilly* 

Yes, and Maxime shows up and plays a key role in the denouement. He's not the bad guy for once! I went into CH wanting to write a romantic historical from a revolutionary perspective, and it's been a blast to write. I'm 8 chapters away from finishing the first draft, so wish me luck!

So, how are you doing? Well, I hope! :) 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Struggling with a house move. I'm moving back to Hull from Glasgow on Thursday, in the wake of being orphaned at the ripe age of 51 (my Dad died on Max's birthday). I'm moving into former legal chambers in a cobbled street in the heart of the Old Town (so distressed and pretty young legal gentlemen might be right at home… ;-D) No permanent work, so I figured, why not go back to somewhere cheaper where I have more extended family?
So, I'm moving house on 9 Thermidor. I can't really have a worse day of it than Max…
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry, I hope the pic doesn't upset you... 
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MLG-History908 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for late response) I’m so sorry. I used to act really immature back on my early days on DeviantArt . I hope you understand.
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
I love this so much! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I hope it does justice to these two. I lurve them so much (especially Ells). 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh indeed! They are such an adorable and winsome young couple. I want to scoop them up and protect them.

I've just been reading what the surgeons who tended the poor boy wrote. I'm struggling for words. It is… what it is. But even after more than 200 years, what I feel is… raw fury.
I will only give a few lines from MacLean's poem, Remorse. Different context, but…

"…and your sad beauty going away, a ghost
on the grey broken road of your agony.

Why, God, did I not get the chance
before the young Lowlander tore your bloom,
before your beauty was made a thing of pity,
and before a golden banner was laid to the ground?

O God, the beauty of the garden,
though the grey canker is under the sheen of its blossoms,
which will not stay for the yellow gratitude of autumn
since time and root and top are plucked."
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
those georgian fashions tho!!! 0___0
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I love them too! They're goofy but so flattering. 
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