What is a Doll?

How long have we had this love affair with Dolls?

Pearls of Wisdom:

New World Dictionary describes a doll as - "a child's toy, puppet, marionette, etc. made to resemble a human being."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

“Napoleon’s Beautiful Enemy” Queen Louise of Prussia

Louisa Augusta Wilhelmina Amelia (March 10, 1776 – July 19, 1810), Queen of Prussia

Princess Louise was born on March 10, 1776 in Hanover, Germany, the daughter of Prince Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Early in 1792, when Louise was 16, her uncle, hoping to strengthen the ties between his family and the Prussian royal family, carefully plotted a meeting between Louise and Crown Prince Frederick William III. The plan worked, and they married.

ABG Louise with Blue Scarf parian doll ca. 1870's

Louise with husband and children by Heinrich Anton Dahling ca. 1806

The Prince became King when his father died in 1797, and the beautiful and family-oriented Louise saw it as her duty to support her husband in all his endeavors. Meanwhile, the nation was charmed by the young Queen's grace, beauty, and wit. Historians have commented that Queen Louise was Prussian nationalism personified.

In 1804, with Napoleon's increasing violations of Prussian treaty rights, Louise (formerly ignorant of foreign policy) began to argue with King Frederick over his long-standing position of neutrality, pleading with him to break off all relations with the French Emperor.

ABG Queen Louise ca. 1879... Beautiful Parian with glass, paper weight, blue eyes.

Friedrich Wilhelm and Queen Louise

She took the initiative of contacting the Tsar of Russia and Emperor of Austria, both of whom, along with Frederick, signed the Potsdam Treaty on November 3, 1805--a treaty which allied these three nations against Napoleon.

Original painting by Carl Gustav Ludwig Richter, ca. 1879

Napoleon termed Louise "My beautiful enemy" for her role in forming this alliance. 

Alt, Beck, and Gottscheck "Queen Louise"

Louise in a riding habit by Wilhelm Ternite ca. 1810

Napoleon receives The King and Queen of Prussia at Tilsit...Nicolas Gosse.

Napoleon eventually gained the upper hand over his enemies in battle. In 1807, both Louise and the King were forced to meet with Napoleon in person at Tilsit in Russia to sign a peace treaty.

The stipulations of the treaty for Prussia were humiliating, and Louise felt discouraged. However, recognizing that her country depended upon her for moral strength, Louise regained her sense of optimism. She spoke of preparing her eldest son for the throne, even as Napoleon gutted her country. 

Parian and Marble statue of Louise.

Berlin Friedrichswerdersche Kirche Luise.

Hohenzieritz, 19 Juli 1810....Sterbelager

Louise died in her husband’s arms on July 17th, 1810 from an unidentified illness  Sadly, she did not live to see either Napoleon's defeat in 1815, or the reestablishment of the Germanic Empire under Prussia just a few years later.

Queen Louise was not only characterized by great personal beauty united with dignity and grace of manner, but with much gentleness of character and active benevolence. Her visits of charity were extended to many homes of poverty and suffering.

The Prussian order of Louise, the Louise School for Girls, and the Louise Governesses’ Seminary were instituted in her honor. In 1880, a statue of Queen Louise was erected in the Thiergarten at Berlin.


  1. Esta es otra bonita historia, Marta.

    Y como siempre, Preciosas imágenes de obras de arte. Cuadros, estatuas y por supuesto, muñecas.

    Tu blog es un lugar lleno de belleza y de muy interesante información sobre la Historia.

    Un beso.

  2. Wasn't she beautiful - and those dresses so flattering. Great post.

  3. Thank you Alberto and Hermes...She was indeed beautiful, not surprising even Napoleon thought so. She was also a great humanitarian and well loved by her people. Shame she died so young.
    I love those empire dresses, so flattering to women. I haven't seen a Queen Louise doll attired that way, only the statues show her with empire dress.