March 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

846 68 Morny WinterhalterSaturday, 03 March 2012 752 63 Morny Winterhalter MD

Franz Xaver Winterhalter – Catalogue Updates – Portrait of Duchesse de Morny 

I am pleased to add a new image to my website – a portrait of Duchesse Sophie de Morny (1838-96). The image appeared in a blog entry at http://oliaklodvenitiens.wordpress.com; and I was alerted to its existence by a colleague and fellow Winterhalter enthusiast, Emmanuel Burlion (thank you!).

Unfortunately, no further information about the date, size, provenance, history, or current location of this portrait is available at the moment.

However, it is most likely to be a portrait referred to in the posthumous list of works compiled by Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s nephew, Franz Wild, as La Duchesse de Morny, velour bleu, 1868 (cf. Wild 1894, 45; Winterhalter 1987/88, 235 (no 371); Barilo von Reisberg 2007, no 846).

The research indicates that Winterhalter painted the Russian-born Duchesse de Morny on at least five separate occasions (see catalogue entries nos 725, 752, 781, 804, 846). Of these, only one portrait was previously identified with any certainty: no 752 (1863, oil on canvas, 94 x 73 cm, Musée National du Château de Compiègne). Another portrait, no 804 (c. 1865, oil on canvas) appeared in an 1866 watercolour by Jean Sorieul (1824-71) of the bedroom study of the Duc de Morny at the Hôtel de Lassay (collection Pierre Fabius, Paris, 1978) and was later reproduced in a c. 1920s Spanish publication on 19th-Century painting as being in a Private Collection. Its present location and further information remain unknown.

It is therefore a thrill to add such a rare find as another image by Franz Xaver Winterhalter to my repository of knowledge on the artist. It is now placed on the https://franzxaverwinterhalter.wordpress.com/franz-xaver-winterhalter-works-1866-1873/ page of the catalogue under no 846.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2012

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  • oliaiklod says:

    Thank’s a lot for the link to my blog.
    Franz Xaver Winterhalter do (that I know) may be 5 portraits of Sophia Troubetzkoy, that be Duchesse de Morny, xhen spose de duc of Morny, and, later, Duchesse de Sesto.

    Here, an part of my notes, in french, about it :
    “Dans la famille, on s’occupait avec beaucoup de sollicitude de l’établissement de Sophia Troubetzkoy. Franz Xaver Winterhalter a peint au moins cinq tableaux représentant Sophie Troubetzkoy en 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865 et 1868.
    Seul le tableau de 1863, qui serait au Musée de Compiègne est connu. Nous avons trouvé d’autres représentations de Sofia qui nous paraissent être de la facture caractéristique de Winterhalter, mais sans pouvoir, ni les dater, ni les localiser pour le moment.”

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