from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • French courtier and influential mistress of Louis XV. She was guillotined after being found guilty of crimes against the state by a Revolutionary tribunal.

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  • noun courtier and influential mistress of Louis XV who was guillotined during the French Revolution (1743-1793)


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  • For a delicate infant, lentil powder, better known as Du Barry's

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  • "If they had only called that picture 'Du Barry' instead of

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  • Then he started on that extravagant period of spectacular drama, which gave to the stage such memorable pictures as "Du Barry," with Mrs. Carter, and "The

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  • But Du Barry, who fancied herself an authority on matters of taste, didn't like Fragonard's efforts and returned them to the artist.

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  • And Mr. Bailey accounts for Du Barry's rejection of the panels.

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  • He was probably chosen not by Du Barry but by the architect, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, as just one of the bevy of highly skilled craftsmen wood sculptors, bronze casters, gilders needed to realize the luxurious interiors.

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  • There Du Barry's rejects found a new setting in the artist's cousin's house, the Villa Maubert, and Fragonard painted 10 additional panels to adapt the original cycle to the villa: four over-doors of chubby cupids, four narrow decorative strips with hollyhocks, and two large paintings, "Love Triumphant" and "The Reverie."

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  • Du Barry was arrested at Louveciennes in 1793 and shortly afterward sent to the guillotine.

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  • Hochkirchen; I was the cousin of Madame Du Barry, the French

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  • Boehmer, the jeweller, first received the order for that famous necklace, which subsequently produced such dreadful consequences, and which was originally meant as a kingly present to the intended Queen, though afterwards destined for Du Barry, had not the King died before the completion of the bargain for it.

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