Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 5]

January 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Luise Langenstein 1834 Winterhalter

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 5]

[Continued from Part 4]

As it has become customary with my blog entries, here is an abbreviated list of the sitter’s descendants, limited to the first three generations:

1.     Vilhelm Ludwig Carl Graf Douglas (1849-1908), m.1899 Valerie Lesca Weiss (1867-1927)

2.     Ludwig Vilhelm August Graf Douglas (1849-1916), m. 1876 Countess Anna Louise Dorothea Ehrensvard (1855-1930)

2.1.     Anna Louise Dorothee Gräfin Douglas (1878-1964), m.1901 Axel Theodor Baron Adelsward (1860-1929)

2.1.1.     Baroness Louise Adelsward (1902-1989), m.1st 1923 Baron Gustaf Gabriel Falkenberg af Trystrorp (1893-1947), m.2nd 1948 Birger Lundqvist (1888-19xx), having had issue (descendants: Beck-Friis, Falkenberg, von Rosen, Stenbock)

2.1.2.     Baroness Carin Adelsward (1903-1987), m.1934 Gerhard Rundberg (1903-78)

2.1.3.     Baron Erik Goran Adelsward (1905-1905)

2.1.4.     Baroness Anna Adelsward (1906-93), m.1st 1927 (div.1946) Count Clas Eric Sparre af Sofdeborg (1898-1948), m.2nd 1949 Arne Moe-Larsen (1889-19xx), having had issue (descendants: Klingspor, Reuterskiöld, Rosenorn-Lehn)

2.1.5.     Baroness Eva Helena Adelswärd (1908-1993), m.1931 Anders Grill (1896-19xx)

2.1.6.     Eric-Göran, Baron Adelswärd (1909-1986), m.1st 1935 (div 1963) Baroness Ebba Friis-Beck (1911-1986), m.2nd 1964 Ulla Holm (1918-1986), having had issue (descendants include: Adelswärd, Ankarcrona)

2.1.7.     Baron Gosta Adelsward (1913-1997), m.1948 Gunhild Wigner (1917-), having had issue (descendants: Adelswärd)

2.2.       Carl Robert, Graf Douglas (Villa Douglas 24.04.1880-Schloß Langenstein 26.08.1955), m.1st Ordrup 11.08.1906 (div.1938) Sofia de Fine Blauuw (Christiania 9.01.1886-Konstanz 20.08.1971); m.2nd 1939 HRH Augusta Viktoria Prinzessin von Hohenzollern (1890-1966)

2.2.1.     Ludwig Wilhelm Karl Graf Douglas (Langenstein 18.5.1907- Konstanz 6.6.1987), m.1st Vorra 25.05.1937 Ursula Emilie Sophie Antonie Caroline Freiin v. Ellrichshausen (Stuttgart 12.3.1913-Langenstein 8.4.1972), m.2nd 1974 Margit Bortfel (1919-), having had issue (descendants:  Douglas, von Malaise, Milne, Stanley, von Stolberg-Wernigerode)

2.2.2.     Ludwig Graf Douglas (1909-79), m.1st 1936 Anne-Marie Staehlin (1912-41), m.2nd Edith Straehl (1915-1999), having had issue (descendants include: von Blanckestein, Douglas, zu Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems)

2.2.3.     Robert Graf Douglas (1914-83), m.1949 Mielikki Taiovarra (1921-85), having had issue (descendants: Douglas)

2.2.4.     Marie-Louise Gräfin Douglas (1921-), m.1st 1944 (div.1962) Dennis Graf von Bieberstein-Krasicki von Siecin (1901-77), m.2nd 1962 Zygmunt von Michalow Michalowski (1918-), having had issue (descendants: von Michalow Michalowski)

2.3.       Albert Archibald Graf Douglas (4.06.1882-20.07.1882)

2.4.       Vilhelm Archibald Graf Douglas (1883-1960), m.1907 Astri Henschen (1883-1976)

2.4.1.     Carl Graf Douglas (1908-61), m.1935 Ottora Haas-Heye (1910-2001), having had issue (descendants include: von Bayern, Douglas, von und zu Liechtenstein, Spencer-Churchill (Dukes of Marlborough), Terberger, von Württemberg)

2.4.2.     Archibald Graf Douglas (1910-92), m. 1945 Freiin Margaret Lagerfelt (1924-), having had issue (descendants:  Douglas)

2.4.3.     Gustaf Graf Douglas (1917-34)

2.5.       Hedvig Ingeborg Gräfin Madeleine Douglas (1886-1983), m.1st 1906 (div.1931) Charles Louis, Comte Fouché, Duc d’Otrante (1877-1950); m.2nd 1931 Ivar Tengbom (1878-1968)

2.5.1.     Thérèse Fouché d’Otrante (1907-2000), m.1st 1929 (div.1935) Hans Bennich (1895-1950), m.2nd 1937 Eugène Frieherr von Stedingk (1896-1947), having had issue (descendants: Bennich, Murray, von Stedingk)

2.5.2.     Margareta Fouché d’Otrante (1909-2005), m.1934 HSH Gustav-Albrecht, Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1907-disappeared in Russia, 1944; declared dead 1969), having had issue (descendants include: Brachetti-Peretti, von Dewitz, Galdo, von Hessen, von Hochberg, Konigs, zur Lippe, von Pezold, von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, von Saurma von und zu Elst, zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Schmucker, zu Solms-Laubach)

2.5.3.     Charles, Comte Fouché, Duc d’Otrante (1912-95), m.1967 Christina Grafin von Rosen (1939-), having had issue (descendants: Fouché d’Otrante)

2.5.4.     Comte Louis Fouché d’Otrante (1917-), m.1944 Birgitta Tham (1915-), having had issue (descendants: Fouché d’Otrante, Dyhlén, Liljenqvist, zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich)

2.6.       Carl Sholto Graf Douglas (1888-1946), m.1919 Maria Mathilde Hedvig von Schlichsting (1895-1971)

2.6.1.     Christina Gräfin Douglas (1923-68), m.1945 Sten, Baron Banér (1920-), having had issue (descendants: Banér)

2.6.2.     Countess Madeleine Douglas (1927-), m.1949 Hans, Baron Ramel (1925-), having had issue (descendants: Anderson, Ramel)

2.7.       Maria Ellen Gräfin Douglas (1892-1987), m.1927 (div.1937) Martin Mansson (1880-1952)

2.8.       Oskar Vilhelm Graf Douglas (1896-1991), m.1926 Skarstedt (1901-93)

2.8.1.     Jakob Graf Douglas (1927-), m.1950 Hedvig Thielers (1930-), having had issue (descendants: Douglas)

2.8.2.     Gustaf Otto Graf Douglas (1930-), m.1st 1956 (div.1979) Marianne Bäckström (1931-), m.2nd 1980 Eva-Britta Bibring (1946-), having had issue (descendants: Douglas)

2.8.3.     Anna Gräfin Douglas (1936-), m.1960 Lars Christofferson (1935-), having had issue (descendants: Christofferson, von Oheimb)

2.8.4.     Maria Gräfin Douglas (1941-), m.1967 Freiherr Eugen von Redwitz (1939-), having had issue (descendants: von Redwitz, Reuttner von Weyl-Mynett)

3.    Madeleine Sofia Henrietta Gräfin Douglas (1852-99), m.1888 Hans Mikael Gottlib Herman Malio Freiherr von Meyern-Hohenberg (1860-1912) – s.p.

4.    Catharina Carolina Lovisa Gräfin Douglas (1854-93), m. 1874 Heinrich Christian, Freiherr Gayling von Altheim (1847-1940)

4.1.       Carl Heinrich Freiherr Gayling von Altheim (1875-1931), m.1st 1911 (div 1921) Ada Suermondt (1885-1966); m.2nd 1922 Elisabeth Belzer (1895-1984)

4.1.1.     Olga Freiin Gayling von Altheim (1912-87), m.1941 (div.1976) Otto Westphal (1913-2004), having had issue (descendants: von Gayling-Westphal)

4.1.2.     Elisabeth Freiin Gayling von Altheim (1879-1961), m.1906 Rudolph von und zur Mühlen (1875-1914)

5.     Maria Augusta Lovisa Gräfin Douglas (1854-1923), m. 1903 Carl August Philip Graf von der Goltz (1848-1905)

6.    Frederick Gustaf Archibald Graf Douglas (1859-1921)

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014


Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 4]

January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Luise Langenstein 1834 Winterhalter

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 4]

[Continued from Part 3]

As it has become customary with my blog entries, here is an abbreviated ancestry of the sitter, limited to the first three generations:

  1. Louise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (Karlsruhe 3.03.1826 – Neuchatel 1.01.1900)
  2. HRH Ludwig I Wilhelm August, Grand Duke of Baden (Karlsruhe 9.02.1763-Karlsruhe 30.03.1830)
  3. Fräulein Katherina Werner, cr Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (Karlsruhe 19.10.1799-Zürich 14.08.1850)
  4. HRH Karl Friedrich von Baden-Durlach, cr Grand Duke of Baden 1806 (Karlsruhe 22.11.1728-Karlsruhe 10.06.1811), m.1st Darlmstadt 28.01.1751
  5. HSH Karoline-Luise Landgräfin von Hessen-Darmstadt (Darmstadt 11.07.1723-Paris 8.04.1783)
  6. Herr Martin Werner (c.1754-1814)
  7. Fräulein Catharina Baumann (?-?)
  8. HSH Friedrich, Erbgraf von Baden-Durlach (Stuttgart 7.10.1703-Karlsruhe 26.03.1732), m.Leeuwarden 3.07.1727
  9. HSH Anna Charlotte Amalie Prinzessin von Nassau-Dietz-Orange (Leeuwarden 13.10.1710-Durlach 17.09.1777)
  10. HSH Ludwig VIII Landgraf von Hessen-Darmstadt (Darmstadt 5.04.1694-Darmstadt 17.10.1768), m.Philippsruhe 5.04.1717
  11. Charlotte Christine Magdalene Johanna Gräfin von Hanau-Lichtenberg (Buchsweiler 2.05.1700-Darmstadt 1.07.1726)
  12. N*** Werner (?-?), m.
  13. N*** (?-?)
  14. N*** Baumann (?-?), m.
  15. N*** (?-?)

To be continued… [see Part 5]

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 2]

January 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Luise Langenstein 1834 Winterhalter

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 2]

[Continued from Part 1]

The drawing is closely related to an oil portrait of the same sitter (see cat no 98), though it is debateable whether the drawing served as a study for the portrait. First and foremost, the oil portrait is believed to have been commenced in 1832, but completed, or at the very least, modified by the artist after his return from the two-year study-trip in Italy in the autumn of 1834. [The examination of the signature on the oil portrait suggests an attempt to alter the date ‘1832’ to ‘1834’.] The drawing, on the other hand, is clearly dated as having been done in October of 1834 [It has to be pointed out that while the date is clearly in Winterhalter’s handwriting, the name of the artist may have been inscribed in a different hand.]

The sensation of pure energy and movement in the drawing also relates more strongly to his works post-dating the Italian sojourn, as can be clearly seen when comparing the portrait of Luise with that of her brother, Ludwig, which is signed and dated as having been painted in 1834. While the portrait of Luise is a quintessential exercise in Biedermeier portraiture, the portrait of her brother, allegedly produced two years later, displays the artist’s greater affinity with the Romantic tradition, which developed in his oeuvre following the Italian trip.

It is therefore likely that this sketch was produced at some stage during or after completion of the oil portrait. Winterhalter is known to have painted his portraits a la prima, without preparatory sketches, conveying the sitter’s features in oils directly onto the canvas. Therefore, this drawing may have served either as a study produced by the artist in an effort to inject into the oil portrait of the young countess a greater sense of corporeality, of which the artist became more capable following his studies in Italy. Alternatively, it may have been simply drawn by the artist as a memento of his finished work: in the era, when photography was still very much in its infancy, this was the only way for the artist to retain visual records of his oeuvre.

The portrait drawing, which was initially estimated at € 1,400, was sold for € 9,000, a solid result for a work on paper by this artist.

To be continued… [see Part 3]

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 1]

January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Luise Langenstein 1834 Winterhalter

Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900), 1834 (cat. no. 98a) [Part 1]

The previous posts reminded me of another charming portrait of a child by Franz Xaver Winterhalter:  Portrait of Luise Gräfin von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1826-1900) (1834, pencil on paper, 13.8 x 12.1 cm), which appeared at Kaupp’s Herbstauktionen, in Salzburg, on 5 October 2013, lot 4542. The portrait shows a young girl, seated at half-length, in profile to the left, but turning her head sharply towards the viewer. The drawing is remarkable for its spirit and energy. It is filled with the restless movement, relating to us the challenges faced by every artist engaged upon a child’s portrait.

The sketch is quite remarkable as a revelation of Winterhalter’s working techniques and artistic abilities. The face of the child if fully realised, making this living, breathing individual almost jump forth from the surface of the drawing, while her hands, details of the dress, and a chair on which the girl is sitting are only hinted at in rapid outlines. The juxtaposition between the finished head of the girl and the abstract rendition of other details within the drawing clearly shows what a truly gifted artist is capable of achieving on a flat, two-dimensional piece of paper.

The drawing also shows the strong academic acumen of the artist, who bases the composition of the work on two prominent intersecting diagonals, one of which crosses through the curls on the girl’s forehead, passes below her ears, along the back of her blouse and skirt. The opposing diagonal can be also perceived descending along the right-hand-side of the sitter’s face, the hands, and the folds of the fabric below. By shifting the geometrical pivot of the composition just ever though slightly to the left, the artist attains a greater sensation of movement within the rapidly-sketched work.

To be continued… [see Part 2]

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

Portrait of Graf von Langenstein und Gondelsheim, 1834 (cat. no. 97)

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Winterhalter 097 1834 Graf von Langenstein

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)

Portrait of Ludwig Graf von Langenstein und Gondelsheim (1820-1870)

1834, oil on canvas, 96.3 x 79.5 cm, Private Collection

Winterhalter’s portrait of Ludwig Graf von Langenstein und Gondelsheim was exhibited at the 1987/88 Winterhalter exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London and Petit Palais in Paris. Carol Blackett-Ord wrote in the exhibition catalogue regarding this portrait (p. 177):

” The boy leans cross-legged against a rock and turns a full gaze upon the spectator. He wears a black waistcoat under a short, waisted black jacket with a high shawl collar, dark brown trousers and carries a riding crop in his right hand. The landscape is sketched in autumnal colours against a sky of massing grey clouds. Winterhalter has captured the youthful vitality of his subject with great aplomb. The boy’s tousled hair, ruddy cheeks and parted lips combine to create an image of exceptional freshness and charm…”

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012.

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