André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
Carte de visite
When the Imperial family fled France in 1871, Clothilde was the last to leave the Tuileries, a departure she achieved not without a certain panache. Despising all commoners, especially mobs, she spurned the thought of any danger and left in an open carriage, one bearing her own arms and escorted by outriders, heading without a second thought towards the most crowded boulevards leading to the Porte d'Italie. The mob was so taken aback by this display of sublime courage, not to mention such a show of total indifference to surroundings and circumstance, that passage was made for her carriage, and frequent cries of 'There goes a brave woman!' could be heard.