Grace Dalrymple Elliott in Père-Lachaise

Grace Elliott (1754-1823) was a Scottish woman who became rather famous — or notorious — as a mistress and courtesan in late 18th century France. She was also a memoirist of sorts although there is warranted skepticism about her “recollections.” Still, her portraits give us a look at her famous beauty. . .

Grace Elliott painted by Thomas Gainesborough, Frick Collection, NY, NY, USA

Grace Elliott painted by Thomas Gainesborough, Frick Collection, NY, NY, USA

Grace Elliott painted by Thomas Gainesborough c. 1778, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Grace Elliott painted by Thomas Gainesborough c. 1778, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

photo and original location of grave courtesy of Marie Beleyme - Grace’s remains are long gone

photo and original location of grave courtesy of Marie Beleyme - Grace’s remains are long gone