Drawn by J. Champagne circa 1850, and hand watercolored, this is an exquisite portrait of Hortense De Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine, Napoleon's wife, from a first marriage.
After her father was guillotined during the Revolution, (these things happened!) Hortense became Napoleon's adopted daughter, and was even married to Louis, his brother. So she was also his sister in law.
As Louis became King of Holland, Hortense became Queen in her own turn, and her name changed for "La Reine Hortense".
This lithograph is full of grace and femininity, and delightfully rendered.
Hortense, who had curly red hair and green eyes, is shown in the famous pose of the French Empire times. She wears pearl jewelry: dangle earrings, a necklace and a delicate crown, as if just suggested.
It is true Hortense's kingdom only lasted 4 years!
Next to her, on the left, is an artist's palette with brushes and a painter's wooden box, and music sheets on the right.
The reason is that Hortense was an artist and also an accomplished musician.
One of her music compositions was even a hit at the time, and became the official Bonapartist song.
The colors in the piece, enhanced with watercolor on the lithograph, are just lovely: cream, pink, burgundy, white, a strong emerald green, and a touch of gold.
A stunning portrait which will bring beauty and prestige to any decor!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 9 1/2". Width: 6 3/4"
(24 cm) by (17 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with some foxing in the margins, little in the subject itself.
Please check the pictures closely. Colors are still fresh and beautiful.
Will be shipped Registered Airmail (very safe) from Paris under thick layers of cardboard, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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