Helvétius, Anne-Catherine

SALONIÈRE, AUTHOR (FRANCE)
BORN 23 Jul 1722, Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle - DIED 12 Aug 1800, Paris: Auteuil
REAL NAME Ligniville, Anne-Catherine de
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Auteuil Cimetière, Rue Claude Lorrain, Auteuil (Division 5)

Anne-Catherine de Ligniville was one of the many children of Jean-Jacques de Ligniville, who was chamberlain of the duc de Lorraine. She was a niece of the author Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758). In 1751 she married the philosopher Claude Adrien Helvétius.

During the five decades that followed she had a salon where she received many celebrities. Among her visitors were Suzanne Necker, Condorcet, Diderot, Mirabeau, Thomas Jefferson, Talleyrand, Madame de Roland, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon.

Her husband died in 1771. She lived until 1800 and died in 1800 in Auteuil, Paris. She was buried at the Auteuil Cemetery where her grave can still be found. Allthough her gravestone states that she was born in 1719, she was born in 1722 according to her birth certificate.

Related persons
• was visited by Franklin, Benjamin
• was visited by Gérard, François Pascal Simon, baron
• was visited by Napoleon I Bonaparte

Sources
cimetière d'AUTEUIL - Cimetières de France et d'ailleurs

Images

The grave of Anne Helvétius at the Auteuil Cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (04 Nov 2016)

 

The grave of Anne Helvétius at the Auteuil Cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (04 Nov 2016)

 


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Published: 22 Nov 2016
Last update: 22 Nov 2016