Portrait of the Prince of Craon, Henri Etienne Edmond Victurnien de Beauvau, wearing the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor in frock coat and cape with fur collar”
Signed on the back and dated 1824.
Provenance: Former collection of the Château de Haroué, of the Princes of Beauvau-Craon
Edmond-Henry-Étienne-Victurnien de BEAUVEAU, Prince of CRAON (1795 - 1861). Prince de Craon, captain of the hussars, knight of the Legion of Honor on September 24, 1814, married, on May 5, 1825, with Ugoline de Baschi du Cayla (? - 1885), daughter of Zoé Talon (the last favourite, friend and confidante of Louis XVIII).
Antoine VAN YSENDYCK (Antwerp 1801-1824) Painter of History, genre and portrait. Pupil of Mathieu-Ignace Van Brée (1773-1839), it was at the age of twenty-three that he painted this portrait. The same year having just won the Prix de Rome, and following his stay in Italy. He exhibited in particular in Antwerp and at the Brussels Salon, the fruit of his studies made in the country of the great painters from whom he seems to have taken something of that severe gravity which is perfectly suited to high historical painting. This painter conceives his subject well, paints well, and renders the details perfectly. Influenced by the work of François Gérard, his academic classicism is often marked with a dramatic effect seen in many of his productions.
The house of Beauvau is a very old family originating from Anjou, holder for several centuries of the seigniory of Beauvau (Maine-et-Loire); of chivalric extraction, she traces her evidence of nobility until 1265. It split into two main branches, the Beauvau du Rivau and the Beauvau-Craon, who made a career under the kings of France but also under the dukes of Lorraine, as well as in the service of Emperor Napoleon I. Henry II (1610-1683) was made Marquess of Beauvau by Louis XIV in 1664. His grandson and successor Marc (1679-1754), marquis de Beauvau, de Craon (in 1712), also received the marquisate of Haroué from the Duke of Lorraine Léopold, and had the castle of Haroué built (or palace) next to the old castle of the Bassompierres from which the portrait comes. He was made Prince of the Holy Empire and created 1st Prince of Craon by the German Emperor in 1722. The 2nd Prince, Charles Juste de Beauvau-Craon, had married the daughter of the Duke of Bouillon, who had the rank of foreign prince at the court of France, and Louis XV recognized in 1745 the use of the title of prince aux Beauvau-Craon, who were thus admitted to the honors of the Court in 1775.
Portrait of Louis-Charles Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Nemours, painted in 1833,
preserved in the National Museum of the Palace of Versailles.
Without frame: 60 x 50 cm, with frame: 98 x 80 cm