• Property from the Collection o auction at Christies

    Sale 7819

    Property from the Collection of HRH The Prince George, Duke of Kent KG, KT, and HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI, GCVO and their families

    20 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    Queen Victoria (1819-1901), after Franz Xavier Winterhalter

    Portrait of Princess Louise (1848-1939), head and shoulders, in a blue dress

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    Queen Victoria (1819-1901), after Franz Xavier Winterhalter
    Portrait of Princess Louise (1848-1939), head and shoulders, in a blue dress
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Victoria/after Winterhalter/1851' (lower right) and with inscription 'H.R.H. P'cess Louise, copied by Queen Victoria. (on 1st attempt in Oils) from F. Winterhalter. 1852' (on the reverse).
    oil on canvas, in a painted circle
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) diameter

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    The present picture is after Franz Xavier Winterhalter's Portrait of Louise, Princess of Great Britain & Ireland (1848-1939), later Duchess of Argyll in The Collection of Her Majesty The Queen (no.429). It was painted for Queen Victoria, who recorded sittings for it on 3rd May 1851. Winterhalter was paid £40 for the portrait, which was placed in the Antique Room at Buckingham Palace (VR Inv 399); moved to Windsor Castle in 1883 and hung in the Red Drawing Room; transferred into the Audience Room set into the frames originally containing Gainsborough's oval portraits of the Family of George III (Inv no 2075).

    Queen Victoria's Portrait of Princess Louise is one of three portraits, after Winterhalter, that she painted in the Summer of 1851. The other two were painted soon after Winterhalter had 'done charming little heads of Clem's little girls' (Queen Victoria's Journal, 5th July, 1851) and are of Princess Clothilde and Princess Amalie of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. (The Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, no. 1052 and 1053).

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this picture is after Winterhalter's Portrait of Princess Louise, in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and not based on a detail of Winterhalter's The Four Eldest Princesses as stated in the catalogue. We are grateful to Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, who is preparing the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist, for providing this information.