Orsay, Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, count d'
Orsay, Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, count d' älfrĕd´ gēyōm´ gäbrēĕl´, dôrsā´ [key], 1801–52, French dandy. The son of a Bonapartist general, he went to England in 1821, where he met Marguerite, countess of Blessington , and her husband. In 1827, D'Orsay married Blessington's daughter, but the union was unsuccessful. After Blessington's death D'Orsay and Marguerite became the center of a fashionable artistic and literary circle in London. D'Orsay was long the authority on matters of taste in English society. In 1849, to escape his creditors, he fled to Paris.
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