After her eyes, arms, shoulders, and legs, the Countess decided to celebrate her feet. Wearing white stockings and Greek cothurnes, revamped in the fashion of the day -- possibly the pair she wore for the first time with her Queen of Etruria costume -- she had her left foot photographed on a low stool. She was apt to take her shoes off in company (at the Delessert residence, or with the James de Rothschilds) and expose her bare feet to the admiring glances of the mere mortals assembled around her.
These two painted photographs (2005.100.397-.398) are cropped from larger negatives (62/200 and 63/300), part of a series of eleven poses known as "The Assassination." Two unpainted prints can be found in the Montesquiou album (1975.548.95). The two Gilman photographs are probably from the collection of Baron Philippe de Bourgoing (1828-1882), the Bonapartist deputy and inspector of Napoleon III's stud farms (Tulard, 1995, p. 208). [PA; "La Divine Comtesse", p. 185]
See similar print of the other foot from Gilman Paper Company Collection with which this print is mounted (second modern mount) and shown (2005.100.398). [Alteveer/IFA]