What a residence! The stone entrance porch and the facade overlooking the main courtyard are impressive. This private mansion is one of Saint-Omer’s finest. Back in 1773. Marie-Josèphe Sandelin, née Alicante, is 26 years old. She has just married her uncle, Pierre Sandelin, seigneur d’Elnes et d’Esquerdes, who is… 71.
The Countess has her winter residence built in Saint-Omer. She’s 43 and won’t enjoy it for long. Her property was confiscated during the French Revolution. She recovered it only a few weeks before her death. In 1904, the town established its museum there. Over its 243-year history, the large stone building has been a museum for almost as long as it has been a townhouse. A sumptuous setting for great masterpieces.