Heinrich (Heinrich Wilhelm; known in France as Henri Guillaume) Schlesinger was a painter of portraits and genre subjects. He was born in 1814 in Frankfurt a. M., became a naturalized Frenchman. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1893.
Schlesinger studied at the Viennese Academy; was active in Vienna and Paris; lived in London in 1870-1871. He began exhibiting in 1840 at the Salon of Paris, showing his works there regularly until 1889. He was awarded with the French Order of Legion of Honour. Schlesinger´s watercolour portraits and miniatures on ivory became his specialties in his earliest period. Some works stemming from this time belong to the collection of the "Vienna-Museum". Similarly, the Museum of Versailles hosts some of Schlesinger´s works from his French period.
Literature: Prof.H.Fuchs, Lexicon of Austrian artists, Vienna, 1975.
Inscription: signed and dated 1848 lower right.
Technique: oil on board, original Biedermeier period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: w. 10 1/4" x h. 12 3/8" (30 x 37,5 cm), framed w. 15 3/8" x 17 3/4" ( 49 x 54 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.