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Fascinating Madame Tussaud

Fascinating Madame Tussaud

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1761 – 1850:  Madame Tussaud  – the lady and the legend

  • ISBN: 978-1905460366
  • Genre: Biography/memoirs, Graphic or other

What you need to know before your trail

Paris 1793: Marie Crossholz manages the wax museum set up by her father. Against remuneration, some executioners allow her to mould the faces of guillotined aristocrats. After the French revolution, Marie Crossholz became Mme Tussaud. Disappointed by the marriage, she left for London with the ambition to create a wax museum. 30 years later, in 1835, she inaugurates the famous Tussaud which, since them, has not ceased to grow and has attracted millions of visitors. This is her amazing life story, beautifully illustrated.

Travel Guide

Strasbourg to Bern, Paris to London

Marie Tussaud was born Marie Grosholtz on December 1, 1761in Strasbourg, France and died April 16, 1850 in London, England. She is the founder of the Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum in London which has branches across the world.

Born in a small village in Strasbourg, she spent some time in Bern working before moving to Paris. It was here that she met Philippe Curtius and learned the art of wax modelling. He had two museums of waxwork models which Marie Tussaud inherited once he had died in 1794.

Life got really interesting in around 1780 when she was employed as an art tutor at Versailles for Louis XVI’s sister , Madame Élisabeth. During the Reign of Terror,she had the not so very enviable job of creating death masks from freshly severed heads which had just been chopped off by the gullotine.

She married an engineer by the name of François Tussaud,  but the marriage was short lived. In 1802 she took her two sons and her collection of wax models to England and toured the British Isles for 33 years before finally establishing a permanent home in Baker Street, London.

Madame Tussauds

She lived in London for around 8 years until she died. The Baker Street museum moved to Marylebone Road in 1884.

Many of the original models made by Marie Tussaud of people of her time such as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Horatio Nelson, and Sir Walter Scott, have survived to this day.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Fascinating Madame Tussaud

Destination : Strasbourg, Paris, London  Author/Guide: Cine Books  Departure Time: 1761 – 1850

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