Our religious scene depicts praying St. Amelia, the Queen of Hungary and was executed by renowed Austrian portrait and miniature artist Adolf Theer (1811-1868) after the later lost painting of famous French painter Paul Delaroche (1797 - .1856).
Painting of Saint Amelia by French history painter Paul Delaroche was commissioned in 1831 by Queen Marie-Amélie, wife of Louis Philippe, King of the French. The work was exhibited at the Salon of 1834 in Paris. In 1837, the painting was recorded as being hung in the Royal Chapel at the Tuileries Palace in Paris, and it was copied in an engraving by Paolo Mercuri. It was also reproduced as the main panel in a stained glass window for the Queen's private chapel at the Château d'Eu. A preparatory drawing in chalk, graphite and watercolour is held by the British Museum. The original painting was believed to be lost.
Adolf Theer was the brother of two another Austrian miniature painters Robert and Alfred Theer, The artist studied at the Vienna Academy and began exhibiting in 1832.
Inscription: inscribed, signed and illegiable dated lower right in German: "nach Paul Delaroche , Adolf Theer 18.."
Technique: gouache on paper.
Measurements: image w 7 1/2" x h 11 1/4" (19 x 28.5 cm), framed w 14 1/4" x h 18" (36 x 45.5 cm)
Condition: in good condition, slight abraisions of paper along the left edge, a tiny insignificant stain on the face of the right girl, the red mantle of St.Helena was covered with varnish by the painter, there are some paint losses and restorations (see photo)