This is dedicated to my dear cousins, descendants of Martial Caillebotte.
It has long been my belief that the 2nd and third wives of Martial CAILLEBOTTE (the father of Gustave, René, and Martial) were related in some way. As my research continued, I began to suspect that the second wife, Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER was likely the aunt of the 3rd wife, Cèleste DAUFRESNE, whose mother also born LEMASQUERIER.
Special thanks to our cousin, Philippe PINSON de VALPINÇON, for helping me locate family birth and marriage records and proving my beliefs.
We knew that Cèleste DAUFRESNE was the mother of Gustave CAILLEBOTTE, René, and Martial.
We knew that the mother of Cèleste DAUFRESNE was Marie Cèleste LEMASQUERIER.
We now know that Marie Cèleste was born 12 Jul 1797.
We now know that Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER, was born 12 Jul 1813, and was the sister of Marie Cèleste, both having same parents.
Finally, we now know that Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER was also born as a twin, with her brother, Eugene Joseph LEMASQUERIER.
I am posting this via an iPhone, and will post more information in the future, as I transcribe these documents. Please forgive any typos I made with my thumbs.
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Via iPhone – Today, 15 September 2012, the Valpinçon & de Launay family gathered once again at the former family chateau in Ménil-Hubert-en-Exmes, in Normandie, and now a famous France historic landmark.
Once a year the Museums, gardens, and historic landmarks of France open free to the public. Since the former family Chateau is a private residence, it is only open during this one weekend a year. In July of this year, I had the pleasure of a private tour from the current owner, so we decided to return again today so my wife and daughter could visit the private grounds.
First purchased by my 2nd great-grand uncle, Augustin René Valpinçon in December 1822 from Comte La Pallu, it was eventually inherited by his grandson, Paul Valpinçon, the lifelong friend of Edgar Degas. The Valpinçon Chateau remained in the family until 1974 when it was finally sold.
Degas and Paul Valpinçon, were both born in Paris in 1834, and were schooled together in Paris at the famous Lycée Louis Le Grand. Degas visited the Valpinçon chateau at least as early as 1867 and included the interior of the chateau in several paintings, which included basic interior paintings and portraits of Paul, Paul’s wife, Marguerite, and daughter, Hortense. Degas would visit the Chateau until his death. One Degas painting, entitled “At the Races”, was a painting of Paul Valpinçon, Marguerite, an unnamed nanny, and Paul’s son Henri. It was painted at Haras du Pin, where horse racing still takes place today.
What the art world did not know until made public by MyFamilyJules.com was the family relationship between Paul Valpinçon and Gustave Caillebotte – who were 3rd cousins via their respective fathers, and at one time lived only 3 blocks from one another in Paris.
More history about the Valpinçon Chateau will be published in the future when I am not limited by my thumbs.
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On 18 Dec 1819, Jules Pinson de Valpinçon, the 1st cousin and namesake of my great-grandfather Jules de Launay, married Adrienne Biennais at Église Saint Roch in Paris. Adrienne’s father, Martin Guillaume Biennais, created the 1804 crown jewels for Napoleon Bonaparte which are now on display at the Louvre.
Both of these Jules were 2nd cousins of the father of the French Impressionist artist, Gustave Caillebotte. In 1860, Gustave’s father, Martial Caillebotte, purchased property at Yerres for 134,000 francs plus about 9,000 in fees, from the Biennais Estate. This property is where Gustave did many of his paintings. So it was quite literally a sale between cousins.
Adrienne Adelaide Biennais – Madame Jules Valpincon. Grave is locate near the Caillebotte tomb in Pere Lachaise cemetery.
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Written on my iPhone. Please forgive any errors.
We arrived in Paris from Nice, France after a 10-Hour drive to spend Thursday night with Valpinçon descendants. Departing Friday morning at 10am we stopped by Notre Dame to pick up copies of Valpinçon and Caillebotte family records which I had arranged to have ready and waiting for us.
Afterwards, we stopped by another church in the 1st Arrondissement where I had previously discovered Caillebotte and Féron baptism records. It was nearly noon on the day before Bastille Day, and the church was about to close, but I was able to find a very busy Veronique, the church secretary who had helped me before, who remembered me from my visit this past May, and was quite happy to help me again.
With Baptism dates in hand, we found finally found evidence of Veronique PINSON de VALPINÇON, the sister of Gabriel, Jacques, Anne (grandmother of Alfred Caillebotte), Victor, Augustin René (grandfather of Paul de Valpinçon who was the friend of Degas), Marie (my 2nd great-grandmother), Adelaide, and Jean Baptiste.
In a few hours the current owners of the Chateau Menil-Hubert will give us a private tour of the family chateau where Edgar Degas kept a studio. This chateau first purchased by Augustin Renè PINSON DE VALPINÇON on 31 Dec 1822 from Dame Marguerite Charlotte Fanny de LA PALLU for 315,560 francs. The current value is estimated around €10 million.
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It’s funny what you come across, when you aren’t even looking. Yesterday, while visiting the Throne Room in the Palace of Prince Albert II, the reigning Sovereign Prince of Monaco (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi), I happened to notice a painting of of his great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, hanging to the left of the throne.
1894 painting of Prince Albert I, by Léon Bonnat, shown to the left of the Palace throne.
The 1894 painting of Prince Albert I is by Léon Bonnat. Bonnat was not only a teacher of my grandfather, Paul de Launay (a Valpinçon descendant through his paternal grandmother, Marie de Valpinçon) while he was at the Luxembourg, but was a teacher of his cousin Gustave Caillebotte as well. Paul de Valpinçon was a cousin of both Caillebotte and de Launay. Paul de Valpinçon’s lifelong friend, Edgar Degas, was also a student of Bonnat. Paul de Valpinçon and Gustave Caillebotte died in 1894, the same year as this painting.
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Gustave Caillebotte as a child.
(L) 1849, (R) 1853.
Although this is, and always will be, the primary site for original content distributed by My Family Jules, we are expanding to also include a micro-blogging page (short snippets) on Tumblr.com
, because of the large number of Caillebotte fans that are blogging and re-blogging posts about our cousin, Gustave Caillebotte. By doing so, we hope to reach more fans, to share with them the not-so-public and private information about the life and family connections of Gustave that made him such a unique figure in French art history.
Follow our Tumblr blog at http://www.CaillebotteFamily.com .
Also please take a moment to LIKE a new page on Facebook, the Friends of Caillebotte, a new group that has hopes of helping to fund the restoration of former properties owned or occupied by Gustave Caillebotte that have fallen on hard times and are beginning to show major problems, such at the property in Yerres. You can find the Friends of Caillebotte at http://www.facebook.com/CaillebotteSociety.
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1848 – 1894, LA VALLÉE DE L’YERRES, Signed “G. Caillebotte”, and dated 77 (lowerﾠ right). Pastel on paperﾠlaid down on board 22 7/8 by 28 1/2 in. 58.1 by 72.4 cm Executed in 1877.
The auction is to be held on May 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm in New York, and is estimated at $1 – 1.5 million.
Visit listing on Sotheby’s.
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