Young women in rococo-style dresses during the rococo festival in the gardens of Ansbach Palace, Ansbach, Franconia (Bavaria)
Some background information:
The annual five-day rococo festival in the gardens of Ansbach Palace is hosted by the "Heimatverein Ansbach", a club devoted to the maintenance of local traditions and characteristics. The goal of the festival is to preserve the margravial heritage of both residence and town. The "Heimatverein Ansbach" revives the period of Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, at mid-eighteenth century with its courtly activities in front of the magnificent backdrop of the orangery and the surrounding gardens.
The activities at the rococo festival include a masked ball, a gala dinner, a margravial marriage feast, a rococo religious service, a parade of the margravial troops, a show of rococo garden pleasures, as well as some theatre plays and concerts. For its part the show of rococo garden pleasures, where this photo was taken, includes the quadrille of the margravial cavalry, performances of gleemen and magicians, the entry of the margravial court, baroque music and dance performances, carriage rides through the gardems, the cry of hounds and their handlers on horses etc.
Charles William Frederick (1712 to 1757), nicknamed the "Wild Margrave", was the margrave of the Principality of Ansbach from 1729 to his death. He was the son of William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1686 to 1723) and his wife Duchess Christiane Charlotte of Württemberg (1694 to 1729). During his youth, his mother ruled as regent.
When he came to power, Charles William Frederick ruled as a typical absolute monarch with a luxurious court life. Charles William Frederick left his heir Charles Alexander a total debt of 2.3 million Reichsthaler (about 81 million euro or 90.2 million dollars), and he spent 10% of the state budget on hunting. He also spent lots of money on renovating Ansbach Palace, but he had 56 brand new churches and many brand new palaces built tpp, among them the hunting châteaus in Gunzenhausen and Georgenthal and a building in Triesdorf just for his falcons, his greatest passion, on which he spent more than a half million guilders (about 1.4 million euro or 1.56 million dollars) between 1730 and 1748. His love of hunting, particularly with his falcons, is what earned him his nickname, the "Wild Margrave".
Charles William Frederick married Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia (1714–1784), daughter of King Frederick William I of Prussia. They had two children, Charles Frederick Augustus and Charles Alexander, who became Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach later on. Charles William Frederick died of a stroke on 3 August 1757.
By the way, this photo gives a not bad impression of the colourful dresses and the hair fashion during the rococo period. However, the plastic chairs are definitely inappropriate.
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