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    May 15, 2005

In my first posting on this topic, I wrote:

Françoise Frigola painted a picture entitled Chateau de Vauvenargue.

The Chateau de Vauvenargue is located  in the village of Vauvenargue which near Barrage de Bimont in Aix-en-Provence in southern France. The old Chateau was once owned by Pablo Picasso and, in fact, the great painter is buried on the grounds.

Morphy's most famous game, entitled the Opera Game, pitted Morphy against the Duke of Brunswick and the Count Isouard de Vauvenargue. Very little, and nothing that I could find, has been written about Isouard, but he apparently came from that small picturesque village southeast of Paris.

If anyone has any information at all, I would be interested in learning.

Since then Dr. Hassan Roger Sadeghi, Ph.D of Lausanne, Switzerland (who was the same gentleman that supplied Mr. Winter with the Morphy's coat-of-arms found on a beer-mat advertising Murphy Beer, indicating that Paul Morphy and whoever owns the Murphy brewery had the same ancestors and the the coat-of-arms itself probably originated in Ireland. see Chess Notes 3516 ) sent me some possible information on Count Isouard de Vauvenargue.

In 1856, de Soye et Bouchet published a book on philosophy, Méditations Philosophiques et Aphorismes, written be a certain Comte Isoard Vauvenargues.

Notice the spelling differences - Isuoard became Isoard; Vauvenargue became Vauvenargues.

I also had found some possibilities:

A certain Gonzague d'Isoard de Vauvenargues, Marquis d'Isoard de Vauvenargues was born possibly in 1830 (or 1838). He had married married Marguerite de Rougé (born Dec. 15 1835) on July 25, 1865.
Marguerite's father was:

Adolphe Charles Joseph Camille de Rougé, Comte de Rougé .
He was born on December 28, 1808 in Ville-de-Paris, Ile-de-France
and died on July 16, 1871 in Yvelines, Ile-de-France.

Marguerite's mother was:

Marie Charlotte Philippine Adrienne de St. George de Vérac
She was born in 1812  and died  on March 18,  1886 in Ville-de-Paris, Ile-de-France.

Another site list "Les victimes de l'incendie du 4 mai 1897 et leurs familles"

Among the victims:

Isoard Vauvenargues (Jean Gonzague Léon Edward, marquis d’)
Isoard Vauvenargues (Joachim Louis Gonzague, marquis d’)
Isoard Vauvenargues (Simonne Marguerite Marie Joseph Louise d’)
Isoard Vauvenargues (Xavier Marie Charles, comte d’)


.....and the search continues......




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