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Oil painting - Princess Augusta Charlotte with Her Infant Son
  • Princess Augusta Charlotte with Her Infant Son
    Angelica Kauffman, born 1741 - died 1807
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Princess Augusta Charlotte with Her Infant Son

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    after 1767 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Angelica Kauffman, born 1741 - died 1807 (After, painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on glass

  • Museum number:

    P.16-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was born in Switzerland and was seen as a child prodigy. She soon specialised in history and portraits paintings while in Italy (especially Florence, Rome and Naples, Bologna, Parma and Venice) she was influenced by the nascent Neo-classical style. She became a member of the Roman Accademia di San Luca at the age of 23. She arrived in London in June 1766 and remained there for 15 years before moving back to Italy with her second husband the painter Antonio Zucchi (1726-1796). In London, she was a founder-member of the Royal Academy. All her life, she enjoyed international patronage such as the family of George III in Britain, Grand Duke Paul and Price Nikolay Yusupov in Russia, Queen Caroline of Naples and Emperor Joseph II of Austria among others. She died in Rome where her funeral was arranged by the Neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

This painting portrayed the princess Augusta Charlotte (1737-1813), daughter of Frederick Prince of Wales and eldest sister of George III, with her son. It is a copy in reverse of Angelica Kauffmann's portrait executed in 1767 and currently in the Royal collection. This full-length portrait is a fine example of Georgian portraiture based on the so-called "Vandyke manner" essential to British portrait painting in the age of Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.

Physical description

Full-length portrait of an elegant woman in classical dress resting a child on top of a plinth in a neo-classical interior; a distant landscape seen beyond pillars in the background.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)

Date

after 1767 (painted)

Artist/maker

Angelica Kauffman, born 1741 - died 1807 (After, painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on glass

Dimensions

Height: 24 in approx., Width: 17 in approx.

Object history note

Purchased, 1946

Historical significance: The composition was engraved in the same sense as the original painting by Jonathan Spilsbury (The National Portrait Gallery, London - NPG D33048, and the British Museum, London - 1917,1208.3440).
The present painting differs from the original composition and prints as the Greek vase in the foreground is missing and the whole setting seems simplified.

Descriptive line

Oil on glass, depicting Princess Augusta Charlotte, the eldest sister of George III, with her infant son, after Angelica Kauffman. Great Britain, after 1767.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

"KAUFFMANN, Maria Anna Angelica Catharina, R.A. (1741-1807), After

Princess Augusta Charlotte (1737-1813), eldest sister of George III, with her infant son.
Glass-painting. 24 X 17 P.16-1946

Note: This glass-painting is copied in reverse from the original, which is dated 1767 and is in the Royal Collection."

Materials

Glass; Oil paint

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Child; Pillars; Figure, female; Charlotte Augusta (Princess)

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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