Ah, the week days and weekends blur together during the summer. Every day last week I lounged in and around in the pool at my friend's house reading about Louis XV's last mistress, Comtesse du Barry. I'm getting attached to her.
This likeness was painted by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun and is believed to be of the Du Barry. It sold at Christie's for $9,493 in 2010 according to the Christie's website. I'm shocked that the price was so low. That's below my credit card limit. Probably past the limits of my husband's patience, so tempting though it might've been, I'd have had to pass on it.