CHARLES ÉDOUARD BOUTIBONNE (1816-1897) The Empress of Empress Eugenie in a red coat with fur collar, carrying the Imperial Prince on her lap, 1857 ¾ bust portrait with oval view. Oil on oval canvas marked on the back "E. Boutibonne" 118 x 85 cm. Beautiful gilt frame decorated with flowery scrolls. On the back, old label 49 in pen.
- C.E. Boutibonne "The Imperial Prince wearing the Legion of Honor", kept at the Château de Compiègne. Inventory number: MMPO 205.
This is a detail of the portrait of the Imperial Prince. This work has the same mention "E.BOUTIBONNE" on the back of the canvas.
This painting is a copy of a portrait painted by Winterhalter and presented at the 1857 Salon, The Empress Eugenie holding the Imperial Prince in her lap.
Charles Édouard Boutibonne was Winterhalter's pupil and one of his assistants. Born in Hungary into a family of French origin, he studied in Vienna with the portraitist Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887), court painter to Emperor Franz Joseph, before moving to Paris. He collaborated in the execution of portraits of the Orleans family, then of the imperial family. Like his mentor, Boutibonne also worked for the British royal couple. In 1856, he painted the equestrian portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as well as those of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie (London, Royal Collection Trust). He also tried his hand at history and genre painting.
Note by Madame Laure Chabanne on the RMN website.
This painting was originally intended for the Imperial Prince's apartments in Camden.
- Inventory of the division of the Baciocchi estate drawn up in Ile-Rousse (Corsica) by Mr René Morot, expert at the court of Nice on 22 June 1924.
- Inventory of 3 and 4 August 1978.
"Imperial visits 1860-1869. Napoleon III and Eugenie in Ajaccio", Maison Bonaparte in Ajaccio, 31 March - 1 July 2012.