The sitter was the wife of the Austro-Hungarian ambassador at the court of Napoleon III.

The portrait is based on a photograph of 1860 which the Prince and Princess used as a visiting card. The floral backdrop was the artist's own invention.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
Princess Pauline de Metternich
Date made
about 1865
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
41 x 29 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by The Art Fund, 1918
Inventory number
NG3337
Location in Gallery