Our painting purchased from the property of Royal House of Hanover ( important "century"auction of Sotheby´s in Castle Marienburg "Works of Art from the Royal House of Hanover", 5 - 15 October 2005, Lot 1825) as portrait of Friederike, Princess of Hannover (1848-1926) Granddaughter of Queen Friederike and daugther of Queen Marie (Sachsen Altenburg) and Georg V of Hannover. This work was long time inventory of the castle Blankenburg in Saxony_Anhalt (see inventory label on additional photo). The author of this pportrait is unknown, one of the court painters of Hanover Royals.
According to her Wikipedia article, Frederike was born 9 January 1848 in Hanover, the elder daughter of the Hereditary Prince of Hanover (later King George V of Hanover) and of his wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg. She held the title of Princess with the style Her Royal Highness in Hanover. In the United Kingdom, she held the title of Princess with the style Her Highness as a male-line great-granddaughter of King George III.Princess Frederica´s dress on our portrait can only be roughly dated using this image, but it would be from the 1870s based on the trapezoidal neckline and elaboration. The absence of a vee waistline suggests a cuirasse bodice from the later 1870s.
Provenance: purchased from the artist by Hanover Royal family in 1834, since that time - the property of Royal House of Hanover , by the last owner purchased on important "century"-auction of Sotheby´s in the Castle Marienburg "Works of Art from the Royal House of Hanover", 5 - 15 October 2005, Lot 1825).
Literature: on-line Wikipedia, cataloque of Sothebys, sale on 5.-15.10.2005 in the castle Marienburg by Hanover, p.272, lot no. 1827; sitter biography in the on-line wikipedia under following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Frederica_of_Hanover
Technique: oil on rectegular canvas, painted in oval. Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 23 5/8" x 29 1/2" ( 65 x 84 cm); framed 34 1/8" x 45 5/8 " ( 96 x 114 cm).
Condition: in good condition, original canvas.