Lexia, Marquise of Vienwray

8×10″ oil on panel

Lexia, Marquise of Vienwray (1608 – 1674)
First daughter to the 3rd Duke of Mollowray. A reputation for beauty and gambling, she was content to marry late at age 34 to the Marquess of Vienwray – much to her father’s relief. Her clothing and extensive jewelry collection was legendary, for her husband saw her as a showpiece as much as a wife. Copies of her jewelry were made well into the 19th Century and are a source of inspiration for designers even today.

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