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Madame Aimée Zoé Lizinka de Mirbel, née Rue
CHERBOURG 1796 - 1849 PARIS
PORTRAIT OF FERDINARD, DUC D'ORLEANS (1810-1842)
 
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal mount;
signed and dated centre right: Lizinka de Mirbel 1842
105 by 85 mm.
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Provenance

Sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 17 May 1984, lot 189

Literature

Friesen (ed.), 2001, p. 419, no. 257;
Remington, 2010, vol. II, p. 243;
Du Pasquier, 2010, p. 146, illust.

Catalogue Note

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.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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London