Friesen (ed.), 2001, p. 419, no. 257; Remington, 2010, vol. II, p. 243; Du Pasquier, 2010, p. 146, illust.
The first version of this portrait of Ferdinand, Duke of Orléans was painted in 1837, the year the sitter married Hélène, Princess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The untimely death of this popular prince on 13 July 1842 - following an accident while driving his small calèche to Neuilly to lunch with his parents - was widely lamented and led Madame de Mirbel to paint further versions as a memorial to the man that Heinrich Heine had identified as the sole guarantee of the survival of Orléans dynasty as rulers of France.
A patch of the sky on the sitter's true left has been rubbed, leading to paint loss. There is also evidence of minor scuffing in the sky on the left of the portrait. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."