Hans Makart, 'The Modern Rubens' was an Austrian allegorical painter and designer 1840-1884. He studied under Rubens at the Academy in Vienna and won fame as the 'Prince of Taste', even governing lady's fashion. One of Makart's greatest achievements was staging the vast costumed parades held to celebrate the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth, 1879.
See Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 2000, lot 159 for a similar example illustrated on p. 159 and as the catalogue end pages. Also see Property from the Eudora Bell Wyatt Estate, Christie's, New York, 24 April 2002, lot 373 and Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 24 April 2003, lot 142.