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Neapolitan School, 18th Century
PORTRAIT OF QUEEN MARIA CAROLINA (1752-1814), THREE-QUARTER LENGTH; PORTRAIT OF KING FERDINAND IV (1751-1825), THREE-QUARTER LENGTH
both oil on canvas, a pair
each canvas: 36 7/8 by 29 1/2 in.; 93.7 by 74.9 cm.
each framed: 42 3/4 by 35 1/4 in.; 108.6 by 89.5 cm.
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Provenance

Charles Potter Kling (1867-1934), Maine;
By whom bequeathed to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine in 1935 (inv. no. 1935.920/1).

Catalogue Note

Ferdinand IV (1751-1825) was the third son of King Charles III and succeeded him in Naples when Charles III ascended the Spanish throne in 1759. Starting in 1816, Ferdinand IV came to be known as Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies. He is shown in the present lot wearing the red sash and breast-star of the Royal Neapolitan Order of Saint Januarius, the blue sash and breast-star of the Royal French Order of the Saint-Esprit, and the breast-star of the Royal Spanish Order of Charles III.

In 1768, King Ferdinand married Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria (1752-1814), daughter of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria Theresa. She is shown in the present lot wearing a mustard colored dress with a jeweled brooch with an image of her husband.

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