9 December 2003
LOUIS MARIE AUTISSIER (FRANCO-BELGIAN, 1772-1830)
François-Charles-Joseph Bonaparte, King of Rome (1811-1832), as a child, in the uniform of the Hussars of the Guard, green coat with gold lacing and gold-bordered red collar, fur-bordered red cloak with large gold tassel draped over his right shoulder, wearing the red moiré sash of the Legion of Honour, curling fair hair
signed and dated 'Autissier pt. 1817' (lower left)
oval, 3 1/8 in. (79 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount within rectangular ormolu frame with foliate corners
M. Lemontagner of Arradon near Vannes (descendant of the artist), in 1912.
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L. Lemaire, Autissier Miniaturiste 1772-1830, Lille, 1912, pp. 61-62, 230, illustrated p. 61, pl. XII, fig. 13, p. 226, no. 58.
François-Charles-Joseph Bonaparte, son of Emperor Napoleon and his second wife Marie-Louise, daughter of Francis I of Austria, was proclaimed King of Rome at his birth and in 1815, Napoleon II. He spent most of his short life in the castle of Schönbrunn under the supervision of his grandfather. He was styled Duke of Reichstadt in 1818.
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