A group portrait of Friedrich Franz I, his wife Luise, Princess of Sachsen-Gotha-Roda and their children of 1788 by the same artist, including the same background, is in the Staatliches Museum, Schwerin (J. Borchert, Mecklenburgs Grossherzöge 1815-1918, 1992, p.16, ill.). For information on the artist see lot 23.
The sitter is the daughter of Friedrich Franz I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1756-1837) and Luise, Princess of Sachsen-Gotha (1756-1808). She married August, Duke of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (1772-1822) on 21 October 1797. Their only daughter, Luise, married Ernst, Duke of Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld and was the mother of Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria of Great Britain.
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