Probably every new and eagerly expected garment ever put on since clothes came in falls a trifle short of the wearer's expectations. Charles Dickens
painting of Marie Antoinette by Alexandre Kucharski, 1792, Versailles
This pastel was made at the Tuileries, but it was left unfinished. A pike's blow by a revolutionary is still visible low on the drawing. Many people said that the Queen had lost her beauty & Kucharski showed her as her more than her 36 years, but not so . It is a knowing that makes her appear not as the light hearted girl we imagine her to have been- but as a woman of the world.