Anne Victoire Dervieux

Anne Victoire Dervieux (1752-1826)[1] was a French ballerina, opera singer and courtesan.[1][2]

Anne Victoire Dervieux
Died1826 (1827) (aged 74)
OccupationBallerina, opera singer and courtesan
Spouse(s)François-Joseph Bélanger


Dervieux was the daughter of a washer woman in Paris.[3]

Stage career

She was engaged at the Paris Opera in 1765, (aged 13),[4] where she was active as a ballet dancer before she retrained to become an opera singer.[5] As a singer, she performed at the Concert Spirituel, and her greatest triumph was said to have been her performance in Pygmalion in 1772.


She attracted much fame for her parallel career as a courtesan. She has been referred to as the rival of Madeleine Guimard. Among her clients where the Louis François Joseph, Prince of Conti[3] and the brothers of Louis XVI, the count of Artois[3][6] and the count de Provence;[3] she also shared her client Charles, Prince of Soubise[7] with Madeleine Guimard.[3] Derievux, as well as Guimard, were celebrities of their time and frequently portrayed in the scandal press.[3]


She became known for her extravagant residence, a palace she had constructed in rue Chantereine Paris, filled with her valuable fine art collections. The building was originally design by architect Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart and later re-worked by the architect François-Joseph Bélanger[1]

Later life

Dervieux married François-Joseph Bélanger[6] in 1794[7] and retired from her stage career as well as from her career as a courtesan. She adopted a girl around this time.[8] She was imprisoned during The Terror of Robespierre,[9] but avoided execution. Dervieux died in Paris in 1829.[7]


  1. Blanc 1997, pp. 105-118.
  2. "anne victoire dervieux – Ballet". 16 September 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. Goodman & Norberg 2007, p. 98.
  4. de Laborde, Jean-Benjamin. "Zénis et Almasie". (in French). Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. Jenkins 2010.
  6. Eerdmans, Emily Evans (25 July 2010). "The House that Pleasure Built". Emily Evans Eerdmans. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. "DERVIEUX Anne Victoire (1752-1829)". (in French). 21 January 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  8. Baxter & Martin 2017, p. 111.
  9. de Duras 1801.


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