Johann Michael Holder (1796–1861), having initially taught himself the rudiments of painting, studied under Phillips Friedrich von Hertsch, court painter to the royal house of Württemberg in Stuttgart. After spending some time in Dresden and Munich, where he made miniature copies of the Old Masters, he returned to Stuttgart, remaining there until his death. His received extensive patronage from the royal court. Such was his success that his younger brother Gottlieb helped him with the production. He was quick to understand the commercial possibilities of the new medium of photography, advertising his services for taking daguerrotypes from 1845, and, in the later 1850s, pannotypes, a less expensive process that he pioneered.
A variant of this miniature, of similar size but with a dark background, signed and dated 1830, was sold Sotheby’s London, 1 December 1987, lot 125.
William of Württemberg (1781 – 1864) was the father of Princess Catharina Frederica of Württemberg (1783 – 1835), who was Queen consort of Westphalia by marriage to Jérôme Bonaparte between 1807 and 1813.