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Large autographed portrait of Princess Isabel, the Count d´Eu and their children (1884)

Large autographed portrait of Princess Isabel, the Count d´Eu and their children (1884)

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In 1884, Princess Isabel and Conde d'Eu wrote a dedication on a large portrait.

  • Period portrait of Princess Isabel , the Count d'Eu and their three sons. Dedication in Portuguese by the hand of Conde d'Eu, signature of both, to Leonidia Vieira Braga Ribas.
  • Brazil, 1884 or 1885.
  • 20 cm x 27 cm.
  • Excellent condition, slight mark of an old frame on the edge (5 mm), which does not harm the dedication and the photograph.
  • Unique piece.

Donna Leonidia Vieira Braga Ribas
Very affectionate memory
Gaston de Orleans & Conde d'Eu
Isabel Countess d'Eu

After returning from Europe in December 1881, the imperial couple focused on educating their children until November 1884 when they went on a visit to the Southern Provinces, returning to the Court in March 1885. It was at this time that this portrait of the Princess was created. Isabel , Conde d'Eu and his three sons: Pedro de Alcântara, prince of Grão-Pará, Luís Maria Felipe do Brasil and Antônio Gastão.

Everything is elegant, delicate and interesting in this portrait.

First, it is a large format portrait, 27cm x 20cm, in excellent condition, taken by Alberto Henschel, often called upon to photograph the royal family. He was one of the most important photographers - and pioneers of photography in Brazil - who worked in the country in the second half of the 19th century.

Secondly, Princess Isabel 's attitude towards her children, especially Antônio Gastão, the youngest, draws attention. You can feel the Princess's deep maternal love that contrasts with the Prince's military modesty.

Anyway, even though we still don't know who the recipient was, the writing of the dedication and the two signatures, from the Prince and the Princess, are perfect. The couple's dedications and letters were more frequent when exiled in France, but autograph documents from them before 1889 are much rarer, sought after and therefore valuable.

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