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Family portrait of Medora, Marquise de Mores and her children
Family portrait of Medora, Marquise de Mores and her children
TitleFamily portrait of Medora, Marquise de Mores and her children
Date of Original1901
DescriptionThe Marquise de Mores sits in a chair holding a book, and is surrounded, left to right, by her children Paul, Louis, and Athenais.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Families
Portrait photographs
Personal NameMores, Medora Von Hoffmann, marquise de
Vallombrosa, Athenais, 1883-1969
Vallombrosa, Louis, Duke de, 1885-1959
Vallombrosa, Paul, 1887-1950
Item Number00042-115
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] Marquis de Mores Collection Mss 10036
Biography/HistoryMedora Von Hoffmann was the daughter of a wealthy New York banker, and was born in 1856. She spoke seven languages, and was an excellent painter and shooter. She was living in Cannes with her parents when she met the Marquis de Mores, who she married in 1882. She had three children, Athenaïs, Louis, and Paul. She spent summers in Medora, the town her husband named after her, from 1883 to 1886. After the death of her husband in 1896, the Marquise de Mores remained in France, and opened her house to wounded soldiers during World War I. She died of complications of a wound received from nursing soldiers in 1921.
Athenaïs Vallombrosa was born in New York in 1883, and was named after Medora's mother. She was only a few months old when brought out to Dakota Territory in the summer of 1883. She was married at age 17 to Baron Pichon, a French ambassador. Her daughter, Thais, died at age 19 in a horseback riding accident. In 1929, Athenais married Baron de Graffonrud, he died in 1936. She then married Henry Guerracina and moved to Argentina during World War II. She returned to France in 1950, where shed died in 1969.
Paul Vallombrosa was born in 1890, after the Marquis and Medora said goodbye to Dakota Territory for the last time. He made one trip to the town named after his mother in 1913. He took many pictures of the area while he was there. He worked at a bond brokerage in Montreal for three years, served as a lieutenant in the French cavalry in World War I, and married in 1928. He never had any children, and died in 1950.
Louis, Duke de Vallombrosa was born in New York in 1885, and brought to Dakota Territory as an infant. After leaving Dakota Territory in 1886, he grew up in France, and returned to North Dakota in 1903 for a visit with his mother Medora and sister Athenaïs. He was educated at Yale University and married in 1918. His son Antoinne or Tony was born in 1921. Louis was a banker until 1936 when he retired and moved to Switzerland, the same year he deeded the Chateau de Mores to the state of North Dakota.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionMarquis de Mores Photograph Collection 00042
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00042-115)
Rights ManagementRights transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh00042115
OCLC number17732729
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