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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 11, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

A carte-de-visite portrait of Ernst, 4th Prince of Leiningen (1830-1904), Queen Victoria’s half-nephew.

His father was Charles, 3rd Prince of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s half-brother through the first marriage of her mother, Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786-1861), to Emich, 2nd Prince of Leiningen (1763-1814). The Prince was an Admiral in the British Navy and a Captain of the Royal Yacht Albert . He served in Burma and the Baltic and was Commander-in-Chief of the Nore . Prince Ernst married Mary of Baden, daughter of Grand Duke Leopold of Baden. On 7 July 1865, he stood as one of the godparents of the future George V.

The image appears in volume one (page 55, sitting number 425) of the Silvy daybooks in the National Portrait Gallery archives. Of the twelve extant volumes, this is the only one that does not give specific dates for the sittings, but since Volume 2 opens at the beginning of September 1860, this portrait can be dated to the summer of that year.

Photographed by the great French photographer, Camille Silvy, who operated a studio at 38, Porchester Terrace, London, between 1859 and 1868. Silvy was far and away the best carte-de-visite photographer working in England during the 1860’s, and his clientele included many members of the British

Condition: please see scans. The print is in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount shows a small amount of edge and corner wear and has been trimmed slightly along its lower edge.

Dimensions: The dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approx. 4.1” by 2.5” (105 mm by 63 mm).

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