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October 03, 2011

The Fashionable Male: Fabre d'Eglantine

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Fabre d'Eglantine.  Oil on canvas, around 1775-94. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

This week's fashionable male is Philippe François Nazaire Fabre d'Eglantine as seen here, by famed painter Greuze. 

His simple black frock is offset by a striking gold turned collar against a white cravat. Simple and bold. Fabre started a career as an actor but soon turned his interest to writing plays.  Many of his works enjoyed success in France.

He took up a political career during the revolution, voting for the death of Louis XVI.  At the National Assembly he gave a grand speech on the role of women (as it should be at home not political). Danton even selected Fabre for his own secretary. At nearly 54 he was executed by the guillotine on charges of criminality and fraud.


  1. Handsome man. Too bad he lost his head.

  2. Great post! He looks nice, but what a sad end!

  3. Ironic that he voted for Louis XVI's execution and got beheaded himself.

  4. @SakiVI yeah...pretty much you just couldn't win.