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    Sale 5914

    Christie's Interiors

    30 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 391

    Attributed to Friedrich Dürck (German, 1809-1884)

    Portrait of Lola Montes (1821-1861), half-length, in a black dress

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Friedrich Dürck (German, 1809-1884)
    Portrait of Lola Montes (1821-1861), half-length, in a black dress
    oil on canvas, in a Florentine frame
    28 x 22 in. (71.1 x 55.9 cm.)


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    Eliza Rosanna Gilbert (1821-1861), better known by her stage name Lola Montes, was an Irish-born dancer and actress. In 1846 she became the mistress of Ludwig I of Bavaria, and a year later he created her Countess of Landsfeld. Their relationship contributed to the downfall, and subsequent abdication in 1848, of the previously popular king.
    It is thought that this painting was bought at the sale of the King's effects in 1848 by J. L. Clayton Esq.

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    Provenance

    Listed in the inventory of chattels made by, or for, John William Clayton (1833-1913) circa 1870 for No.14 Portman Square, London, W1 and by descent.