Charles-Edgar de Mornay

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Charles-Edgar de Mornay
Portrait of Count Charles-Edgar de Mornay (1803-1878)
French Ambassador to Marocco
In office
mid-October 1831 – April 4, 1832
President Louis Philippe I
Preceded by Ambassade de France au Maroc (fr)
Succeeded by André Louis Dubois (born March 8, 1903 in Bône died November 12, 1998) Préfet de police Etudes au collège de Bône, à la faculté d'Alger, à la faculté de droit de Paris. Licencié en droit.[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1803-02-04)February 4, 1803
Died December 5, 1878(1878-12-05) (aged 75)
Domestic partner Mademoiselle Mars

Charles-Edgar de Mornay (February 4, 1803 in Paris - December 5, 1878 in Fresneaux-Montchevreuil), Comte de Mornay was a French diplomat and the first ambassador of France to Morocco, politician and collector of French painting.

He was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber of Charles X of France.

Mission to North Africa[edit]

In mid-October 1831 Louis Philippe I sent him on a mission to Abd al-Rahman of Morocco. The task was to negotiate a peace treaty and a border delimitation with the Alawite emperor while the British economy already was well established on the commercial level, in Morocco. Due to the French conquest of Algeria the mission had to establish neighboring relations to the government of Algeria.[1]

His mission got an immediate success: On April 4, 1832 he was able to sent, a letter declaring to the general-in-chief of the staff of Algiers, Anne Jean Marie René Savary, that Morocco abandons its aims on the region of Tlemcen and Oran, promises to remain neutral and withdraw his troops from Algeria.

It was first, Eugène Isabey, who had been approached, to join the diplomatic mission in North Africa. However when the painter returned from Algiers, had desisted, fearing a second trip to Africa. It was therefore Eugène Delacroix who was chosen to accompany the mission, at his own expense. It was not until the end of 1831 that the painter and Mornay became acquainted, thanks to Henri Duponchel and Armand Bertin (fr), at the request of Mademoiselle Mars, official mistress of Mornay, and friend of Duponchel and Bertin: this one being eager to find a pleasant traveling companion, to his lover. Mornay and Delacroix dined together on New Year's Eve, accompanied by the actress. In 1845 he was named Peer of France.[2]



  1. ^ Nabila Oulebsir, Les Usages du patrimoine: Monuments, musées et politique coloniale en ..., p. 160
  2. ^ Christoph Otterbeck, Europa verlassen: Künstlerreisen am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts, p. 97