De Montesquiou, Robert

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De Montesquiou, Robert Gender: M
Marie Joseph Robert Anatole, Comte de Montesquiou-
born on 19 March 1855 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°18' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°19 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 09°47'

Robert De Montesquiou


French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy.

He is reputed to have been the inspiration both for des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans' (1848-1907) À rebours (1884) and, most famously, for Baron de Charlus in Proust's (1871-1922) À la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927).

He died 11 December 1921.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher. Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'Ecrivains' pdf file, p. 206.

Taeger quotes Rodden, B.R.

Sy Scholfield quotes same in "Whistler and Montesquiou: the butterfly and the bat" by Edgar Munhall and James McNeill Whistler (Frick Collection, 1995), p. 28: "What Montesquiou would one day call his 'future corpse' first saw the light of day at eleven o'clock in the morning on March 19, 1855, in his grandfather's Paris residence, the Hotel de Bethune..."


  • Traits : Personality : Bigot (Social snob)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Art)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet