The House of Orléans and the United States
Presented in the Reading Room, the exhibition "America! The House of Orléans and the United States (1778-1895)" will document the very strong links that existed for four generations between one of the main European dynasties and Washington’s homeland: from the War of Independence to the aftermath of the American Civil War.
From 15 March to 30 June 2018
Among the documents exhibited, from Chantilly, Cornell University, the Blérancourt museum, the Fondation de Chambrun/Lafayette (La Grange), and the Fondation Saint Louis/National Archives of France, visitors can see: two pamphlets against the Duke of Chartres, minimizing and ridiculing his role in the battle of Ouessant (1778); the young Louis-Philippe’s diaries from his travel in the United States, as well as his portrait by one of his brothers, painted in Philadelphia in 1797; a map of the United States given in 1807 by Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans to Rohan-Chabot, his future aide-de-camp, who made notes on it during his stay in the Great Lakes region; a letter from the Duke of Aumale (March 1848), in which the latter states "I will probably be an American citi-zen... I will clear the way and live off my work", his copy of "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" ("by the little woman who started the great war", according to Lincoln); the Prince of Joinville’s watercolours and the Count of Paris’s photographs relating to the American Civil War (1861-1865), various documents relating to the American edition of the work by the Count of Paris entitled "The History of the Civil War in America" and a photograph of the Count of Paris in Gettysburg, taken in 1890 and illustrating the ad-vent of "battlefield tourism".
This exhibition is supported by Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly.