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Leopold I, King of the Belgians

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Leopold I, King of the Belgians, by Unknown artist, 1815 - NPG 2422 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Leopold I, King of the Belgians

by Unknown artist
watercolour on ivory laid down on card, 1815
3 3/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (86 mm x 67 mm)
Given by Thomas Wright, 1892
Primary Collection
NPG 2422

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  • Leopold I, King of the Belgians (1790-1865), Reigned 1831-1865; husband of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; uncle of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 21 portraits.

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In this portrait miniature, believed to have been painted in Belguim or France before his arrival in England in 1816, Prince Leopold is once again romantically portrayed as a proud military officer in his Russian Hussar's uniform. Leopold is known to have given a smaller, but very similar work, as a love token to Princess Charlotte, set in a golden locket engraved with the arms of Saxe-Coburg. Painted by Louis-Francois Aubry, and now in the Royal Collection, it is highly likely that the work seen here was made by the same hand.

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