Blanche McManus and Pictures of French Castles

I have already made a post about vintage cottages in England to prove England is not only London. Well, today I would like to show you France is not only Paris. We’ll take a little journey through space and time with a little help of Blanche Macmanus (1870-1935), American illustrator who made many illustrations for travel books (mostly written by her husband Milburg Francisco Mansfield, who used pen name Francis Miltoun).

I decided to share some beautiful color reproductions of her paintings of castles in France and additional scenery from historically well known and important spots which are still far from being popular among instant tourists. Castles are inspiring as always, pictures are beautiful and I hope you will enjoy in our little trip.

First set of paintings comes from the book Castles and Chateaux of old Touraine and the Loire Country, published in 1906 in Boston by L. C. Page & Company. Text was written by her husband.

painting-by-blanche-mcmanus

loiret-by-blanche-mcmanus

touraine-blanche-mcmanus

chateaux-de-chenonceau

tours-cathedral

vouvray-vineyards

picture-of-mehun-sur-yevre

Second set of paintings present eight French castles from the book called Castles and Chateaux of old Burgundy and the border provinces. The book was published by L. c. Page & Company, Boston, 1909, and it was written by Francis Miltoun, as well.

chateau-montbeliard

castle-in-arnay-le-duc

bussy-rabutin-chateau

chateau-tanlay

chateau-lamartine

annecy-chateau

chateau-miolans

picture-of-chateau-de-la-sone-by-bčanche-mcmanus

We will conclude with eight more pictures in color, again reproductions of paintings of Blanche McManus, this time from the book Royal Palaces and Parks of France, again written by Francis Miltoun, again by L. C. Page & Company, Boston, this time from 1910.

terrace-st-germain

fontainebleau-france

the-louvre

luxembourg-gardens

chateau-de-malmaison

fontaine-de-neptune-versailles

st-germain-view-from-terrace

maintenon-painting-mcmanus-blanche

I hope you get my point:) France can offer much much more than Paris and Euro Disney. Cheers!