18th century house

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A day late (I know), but here’s my Harry Potter 20th anniversary post! The four houses of Hogwarts 18th century style! Hope you all like it :D

I remember my first Harry Potter book when I was a child: my mom bought the first one (as the Spanish version was quite new) for me to read while on vacation and BOOM a fan was born u.u When I think about Harry Potter, I think about one of the key literary and fiction influences from my childhood, along with A Series of Unfortunate Events.

What do these books makes you think about? What did you like the most about them?

Images from top:

Gryffindor:

  • “Madame Henriette de France playing the Viola da Gamba”, 1754, Jean-Marc Nattier.
  • “Portrait of Monsieur de Buissy”, 1745, Joseph Siffred Duplessis, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Hufflepuff:

  • “Portrait of a gentleman", late 18th Century, British School.
  • “Portrait of Marie Leczinska”, early 18th century, atelier de Jean Baptiste Van Loo.

Ravenclaw:

  • “Portrait of Marie Fel”, Maurice Quentin de la Tour.
  • “James Erskine, Lord Barjarg and Alva”, 1750, Allan Ramsay, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Slytherin:

  • “Portrait of Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Shannon", Sir Joshua Reynolds.
  • “Self-Portrait with a Harp”, 1791, Rose Adélaïde Ducreux, Met Museum.

On this day in history, March 19th, in 1751, Maria Theresa gave birth to her twelfth child and ninth daughter. The baby was christened Maria Josepha Gabriela Johanna Antonia Anna of Austria, and would be known as Maria Josepha.

She was said to be “delightfully pretty, pliant by nature” and was betrothed to the future Ferdinand IV after her elder sister Maria Amalia was rejected for being too old, and her other elder sister Maria Johanna Gabriela died of smallpox.

Unfortunately, Maria Josepha herself would also die of smallpox on the very day she was supposed to have left Austria to marry Ferdinand, something she had been terrified of since her older sister died of the same disease. When she died, she was just sixteen years old.

She was then buried in Tomb 46 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. After her death, Maria Theresa substituted her next available daughter, Maria Carolina, as a bride for Ferdinand instead.

The above portrait, long mistakenly labelled as Marie Antoinette, has been properly identified as Maria Josepha. The portrait, which hangs in Schonbrunn, has even had the nameplate changed.

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4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 58:

Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland. 

The Prince of Wales spearheaded a campaign to purchase it for the nation.

The house dates from the 1750s. It is particularly significant because of the large amounts of original Thomas Chippendale furniture, specifically designed for the house, that remains in situ. 

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The gorgeous cavalcade proceeded to Kell, on the frontiers of Austria and France. There a magnificent pavilion had been erected, consisting of a vast saloon, with an apartment at either end. One of these apartments was assigned to the lords and ladies of the court of Vienna; the other was appropriated to the brilliant train which had come from Paris to receive the bride. The two courts vied with each other in the exhibition of wealth and magnificence. It was an established law of French etiquette, always observed on such occasions, that the royal bride should receive her wedding dress from France, and should retain absolutely nothing belonging to a foreign court. The princess was, consequently, in the pavilion appropriated to the Austrian suite, unrobed of all her garments, excepting her body linen and stockings. The door was then thrown open, and in this plight the beautiful and blushing child advanced into the saloon. The French ladies rushed to meet her. Maria threw herself into the arms of the Countess de Noailles, and wept convulsively. The French were perfectly enchanted with her beauty; and the proud position of her head and shoulders betrayed to their eyes the daughter of the Caesars. She was immediately conducted to the apartment appropriated to the French court. Here the few remaining articles of clothing were removed from her person, and she was re-dressed in the most brilliant attire which the wealth of the French monarchy could furnish.

Maria Antoinette - John S. C. Abbott

I made a quick little thing for Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary!

Of course, this is just for fun, feel free to talk amongst yourselves how they and others should be sorted. I myself am a Ravenclaw ;)

George Washington in Gryffindor
Thomas Jefferson in Ravenclaw
Marquis de Lafayette in Hufflepuff
Alexander Hamilton in Slytherin