Elisabeth Maria Filipina Mniszech
1797, oil, canvas, 48,5 x 44,2 cm
signed and dated lower left: Petersbourg / Vigée / Le Brun / 1797
ZD S 1993002, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana
The painting is signed and dated at the bottom left Petersbourg / Vigée / Le Brun / 1797 and shows Elizabeth Isabella Mniszech (1787–1830), daughter of one of the nieces of the Polish king Stanislaus II August Poniatowski. It was painted at the time of the artist’s sojourn in St. Petersburg and is also mentioned in her Memoirs. Vigée-Lebrun enjoyed the esteem of King Stanislaus I August, his sister the Countess Louise Zamojska and her daughter, the Countess Urzula Mniszech. A copy of our painting in miniature was reproduced by J. Mycielski and S. Wasylewski in Portrety polskie Elżbiety Vigée-Lebrun, Lwów-Poznań, 1927.
Provenance: Beltinci Castle; confiscated 1945. – On the back of the stretcher a label with the inscription: Portrait der Gräfin / Izabella Demblin de Ville / geb. gfin Mnisczek- / Mutter Grossmamas Zichy’s / u. Misa’s Gros. svater / Demblin / Vigée Lebrun // Gehört Mysa; according to information from Mrs. Nina Škodlar (22 Nov. 1983), this painting is from Murska Sobota, FCC register, p. 232, No. 7205 as: “Lebrun Viggee (!): A Child with a Dog, oil on canvas, Beltinci”.
Exhibitions: 1960, Ljubljana, Cat. No. 125; 1983, Ljubljana, Cat. No. 98.
Lit.: Vigée-Le Brun, III, 1837, pp. 36, 347; Cevc 1960, p. 44, Cat. No. 125, Fig. 56; Baillio 1982, p. 116; Zeri [& Rozman] 1983, p. 167, Cat. No. 98, Fig. VIII and 98.