28 November 2006
PORTUGUESE SCHOOL, CIRCA 1833
Maria da Gloria (1819-1853), later Queen Maria II of Portugal 1834-1853, in lace-bordered blue dress, wearing the moiré sash of the Royal Portuguese Order of the Sagrado Coraçao de Jesus, her dark hair curled in ringlets and dressed in an Apollo knot
indistinctly signed (mid-right)
1 1/8 in. (28 mm.) diam., ornate gold frame with foliate projections dividing the sitter's name in gold on alternate blue and white taille d'épargne enamel ground, the reverse with opaque sky blue and translucent dark blue enamel ground centred by the name E. Hoppner, 1833, within white enamelled gold star surround
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Maria II da Gloria of Portugal was the daughter of King Pedro I. In 1835, she married Augustus Charles of Beauharnais who died immediately and in 1835, Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha with whom she had seven children.
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