Happy birthday to dazzling salon hostess Juliette, Madame Récamier (4 December 1777–11 May 1849), who opened her home to the leading literary and political lights of Napoleonic Paris.  My admiration for her, and her similarly-inclined friend Madame de Staël, knows no bounds.
Above, in an 1802 portrait by François, Baron Gérard.

Happy birthday to dazzling salon hostess Juliette, Madame Récamier (4 December 1777–11 May 1849), who opened her home to the leading literary and political lights of Napoleonic Paris.  My admiration for her, and her similarly-inclined friend Madame de Staël, knows no bounds.

Above, in an 1802 portrait by François, Baron Gérard.