Honore de Balzac

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Balzac’s personal calling card.

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HONORE DE BALZAC (1799 – 1850)

French Author

Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.

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Claude Miller

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Miller’s business card, with handwritten email address.

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CLAUDE MILLER (1942 – 2012)

French Film Director

Miller directed films from the 1970s through to the 2010s. He started out working for Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. Some of his best known films are L’Effrontee, The Little Thief, and Class Trip.

Leonilla Bariatinskaya

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The Princess’s calling card

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LEONILLA BARIATINSKAYA (1816 – 1918)

Russian Aristocrat

Bariatinskaya was born into Russian nobility. At 18 she married one of the Tsar’s aides-de-camp and became Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. During the 1840s she was painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, with one of these portraits now in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Camille Saint-Saens

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Saint-Saens’ personal calling card.

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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835 – 1921)

French Composer and Pianist

Saint-Saens was a major European composer and pianist of the 19th Century. He is best known for his work The Carnival of the Animals, and the opera Samson and Delilah. His students include Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel.

Hans Christian Andersen

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Andersen’s calling card. He was given the title ‘Councillor of State’ in 1867. The card has tape residue around the edge.

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1805 – 1875)

Danish Author

Andersen is one of the most widely read authors in the world. He is chiefly remembered for his fairy tales which include The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Thumbelina.

Rosa Bonheur

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Bonheur’s personal calling card, also inscribed by her.

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ROSA BONHEUR (1822 – 1899)

French Artist

Bonheur is regarded as one of the most famous female painters of the 19th Century. She was known for her paintings involving animals, and some of her works are today displayed at the Musee d’Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.