Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Charlotte Duchesse d’Angoulême

Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Charlotte Duchesse d’Angoulême - Miniature sur ivoire signée


Lot n° 135


Friesen (ed.), 2001, p. 397 & 398, fig. 33; 
Pappe,  2010, p. 23 & 64;
Pappe2015, p. 348, no. 1065


The present work depicts Marie-Thérèse Charlotte, the first born child of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette of France. In 1789 she was imprisoned, with her family, firstly in the Tuileries and then later in the Temple Tower. In 1795, after the execution of her parents and brother, Marie-Thérèse was released from captivity. Later she married her first cousin, the Duc d’Angoulême, who was heir to the future King Charles X. Between 1824 and 1830 she was Dauphine of France but, after the revolution of July 1830, she was forced into exile, firstly living in Edinburgh and then in Prague. She died at Frohsdorf near Vienna in 1850.
Augustin painted another version of this portrait in 1818.1 In 1824, possibly in connection with the coronation of King Charles X, who was the sitter's uncle, he executed the present work, which was exhibited at the Salon of that year.

1. B. Pappe, 2015, no. 978