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Princess de Joinville Astride a Bay Horse by Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat

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Princess de Joinville Astride a Bay Horse by Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat

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Princess de Joinville Astride a Bay Horse by Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat

This magnificent work confirms Monpezat as one of the most accomplished equestrian painters in France in the early period of the nineteenth century. In terms of scale, quality and dramatic power, it must surely be considered amongst his finest works. The stance of the powerful thoroughbred in half rear emphasizing the courage and calm nature of the sitter, Francisca of Brazil, Princess de Joinville.

Francisca of Brazil (1824 – 1898) was a princess of Brazil. She was a daughter of Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal and his first wife Maria Leopoldina of Austria. She married a son of Louis Philippe I and had three children. Through her only surviving daughter, she is an ancestor of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, the present Orléanist pretender to the French throne and Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Born at the Imperial Palace of Saint Christopher, her youngest brother was the future Pedro II of Brazil. As such, she was the aunt of Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil.
She was also a first cousin of Princess Maria Carolina of the Two Sicilies, Napoleon II of France and Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Francisca married François d'Orléans, the third son of Louis Philippe I and his Italian Queen Maria Amalia of Naples. François, called the prince de Joinville, and Francisca married in Rio de Janeiro on 1 May 1843. The bride was 19, the groom 25. Their only daughter Princess Françoise d'Orléans married her first cousin Robert, Duke of Chartres and became the mother of the Orléanist pretender Prince Jean, Duke of Guise.

When the Orléans family fled France, they settled in England living at Claremont.

It was there that Francisca gave birth to a still born daughter in 1849; the next year, the exiled King Louis Philippe I died himself. During the rule of the House of Bonaparte of the Second Empire, the Orléans family returned to France; Francisca herself died in Paris aged 73. Her husband outlived her by two years dying in Paris in 1900.

Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat:
The artist came from a noble and aristocratic family in the South of France. His nephew was the artist Gericault and his cousin was De Dreux. There is also a family tie with the painter Vernet. In spite of his illustrious pedigree he was a highly professional if unprolific artist, and his work has the finesse and grandeur of the greatest of the French classical painters.

This painting has been seen by the President of the French Side Saddle Association, Madame Beatrice Orsoni, who has confirmed the date of the painting through the depiction of the saddle, style of riding, and tack. The dress of the sitter has been confirmed as being of the same date by experts at the V&A Costume Department, London.

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The canvas is in extremely good condition. The painting is in a French Empire frame, carved and gilded, which is made in four separate parts with bolts allowing for ease of movement.

Portrait of Princess de Joinville riding a Bay Horse
Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat (French 1817-1859)

Painted circa 1837-9
Oil on canvas
2.87 x 2.34 meters (including frame)
2.34 x 1.78 meters (unframed)

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Princess de Joinville Astride a Bay Horse by Henri d’Aincy, Le Comte Monpezat

PROVENANCE: Swiss Private Collection
DATE: Circa 1837-9
RESIDES IN: Sloane Square, London
MEASUREMENTS: 2.34 x 1.78 meters (unframed)
CONDITION: Extremely good condition - See description
Medium: Oil on Canvas

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