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Philip Foltz (1805-77)

Tyrolese Woman Inscribed 1845

Oil on canvas | 42.0 x 31.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 403675

Queen's Dressing Room & Bathroom, Osborne House

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  • A young Tyrolean woman, full-length, seated on a rock, facing three-quarters to the right, in a mountainous landscape lit by the evening sun; she has her hands in her lap and is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a white blouse and a red jacket. Philip Foltz (1805-77) was the son and student of the painter Ludwig Foltz I. In 1825 he entered the Academy in Munich, and studied under Peter Cornelius. From 1835 to 1838 he undertook a study trip in Italy. On his return to Germany, he became a professor, and later director of the Academy in Munich. In 1855 he exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Foltz painted many frescoes for the Munich Glyptothek, together with several important scenes from German history for the Maximilianeum in Munich. In 1865 he was appointed director of the Munich Pinakothek, where he undertook a comprehensive reorganisation of the collection, and embarked on a controversial programme of picture restoration. Foltz's work is represented in the Royal Collection by three paintings of Tyrolese subjects- RCIN 403675, 403676 and 408980- all copied by Queen Victoria (see RCIN 450496)- and by several engravings after his portraits of German royalty.

    First recorded at Osborne House, 1873

  • Medium and techniques

    Oil on canvas


    42.0 x 31.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)

    58.8 x 48.8 x 5.7 cm (frame, external)