The first is a version after the picture of 1753 by an unknown German hand in the Staatliches Museum Schwerin, inv. n0824 (Cat. Schwerin, 1954, n0445).
The sitters were the son and daughter of Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1683-1756) and Gustave Karoline, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1694-1748). Ludwig married Charlotte, Princess of Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld (1731-1810) on 14 May 1755. He was intended to succeed his brother Friedrich der Fromme, whose marriage had remained childless. However, he died in 1778; and thus his son Friedrich Franz I became the successor to the throne in 1785 (see for his portrait lot 28).
Amalie remained unmarried and entered the Cloisters of Herford.
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