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Royal Highnesses at the Opera House


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Royal Highnesses at the Opera House

A reverse painted mezzotint laid down onto glass; "The Princess Charlotte & Prince Leopold in her Royal Highnesses Box at the Opera House", Published by W.B.Walker 4 Fox & Knot Court, Cow Lane, London, after the work by George Dawe 1781-1829. (An English portraitist who painted 329 portraits of Russian generals active during Napoleon's invasion of Russia for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace).Within the original 'Hogarth' type frame. English circa 1816. Charlotte, having successfully side-stepped the marriage arranged for her by her unpopular father, the then Prince of Wales, eventually succeeded in marrying her choice, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in May of 1816. The Royal couple were enormously popular with the public and having returned to London for the social season, would invariably be greeted by loud applause from the audience at the theatre and the singing of "God Save the King". When she was taken ill at the Opera, there was great public concern about her condition and it was announced that she had suffered a miscarriage. As it transpired, she died the following year, on the 6th of November, following the birth of a still born boy. Reverse painted mezzotints were popular from the middle of the 18th century through to the beginning of the 19th. From around 1790 publishers produced large numbers of prints popular with the general public; the return of Princess Caroline, the death of Nelson, Wellington and Waterloo, Hunting, the Seasons, Peace & Plenty, etc, etc,. Please see the attached account of "The Making of a Glass Picture".


  • H: 29cm (11.5in)
  • W: 39cm (15.5in)


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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

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