Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, 1846.
This portrait spread the fashion of dressing boys in sailor suits among the British nobility, and around 1860 among the general population as well. Queen Victoria gave such a suit to her grandson Wilhelm, the later Wilhelm II of the German Empire, and so the fashion spread on the continent as well. It lasted till the 1930s.
‘Portrait of Edouard Andre’ by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Artist: Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Title: Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting
The First of May 1851
This picture shows the Duke of Wellington offering a gift to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Prince Arthur, in a scene resembling the Adoration of the Magi. The painting was commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate the 1st of May 1851, which held a threefold significance: it was the first birthday of Prince Arthur, the eighty-second birthday of prince’s godfather the Duke of Wellington, and the opening day of the Great Exhibition. Prince Arthur holds Lily-of-the-valley, a traditional 1st of May gift said to bring good luck. The Crystal Palace can be seen in the background.
Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff (née Maria Ivanovna Beck, 1835–1866), 1859. Franz Xaver Winterhalter (German, Academic, 1805–1873). Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The book of English poetry in her lap is thought to be a reference to her father, Ivan Alexandrovitch Beck, a poet and translator. Her choice of a fashionable day dress may have been suggested by Winterhalter.
“When the little (gramophone) trumpet gave forth the beautiful tones, she went into ecstasies! She threw kisses into the trumpet and kept on saying, ‘Ah! Mon Dieu! Maintenant je comprends pourquoi je suis Patti! Oh oui! Quelle voix! Quelle artiste! Je comprends tout!’ Her enthusiasm was so naïve and genuine that the fact that she was praising her own voice seemed to us all to be right and proper.”
—From the autobiography of Patti’s accompanist Landon Ronald
Adelina Patti (1863)
by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Leonilla Bariatinskaia, Princess of Sayn Wittgenstein (1843).
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of a Swiss girl
The Count of Eu by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1847 France
The Empress Eugénie
Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Winterhalter began an official portrait of Empress Eugénie (Eugénie de Montijo, Condesa de Teba, 1826-1920) shortly after her marriage in 1853 to Napoleon III, emperor of France, but it was not exhibited until 1855. The present work is, in contrast, relatively intimate in scale and effect. It shows the empress in a Second Empire adaptation of an eighteenth-century gown. Her interest in the previous century, especially her fascination with Marie Antoinette, queen of France from 1774 to 1793, is well documented.