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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia (1830-1911) 1859

RCIN 408615

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This captivating portrait of the great grandmother of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is testament to the artist’s skills as a society portraitist. Considered a great beauty in her youth, the sitter’s face and shoulders are meticulously described, while the materials of her fashionable dress are skilfully rendered to imitate the textures and transparency of the fabrics.

Bequeathed to HM The Queen for the Royal Collection, 2016