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The Departure of Elisabeth of France for Spain
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The Departure of Elisabeth of France for Spain

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Description During his youth, this early Romantic artist joined Eugène Delacroix and Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28) in painting marine scenes on both sides of the English Channel. Later, Isabey turned to historical genre subjects of the type depicted in this painting. The picture shows a scene from the life of Elisabeth of Valois (1545-68), the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici. Elisabeth was briefly betrothed to Don Carlos, prince of Asturias, but for reasons of state was compelled to marry the prince's father, King Philip II of Spain. Isabey depicts the unhappy princess, dressed more like a widow than a bride, swooning as she is led to the carriage that will bear her away from France.
Date Description Narrative
9/25/1942Treatmentcoated; other
1/11/1982Examinationexamined for condition.
  • Eugène Isabey. Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge. 1967.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
Provenance Mme la baronne de Gunzbourg [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mme la baronne de Gunzbourg Sale, Paris, December 12, 1892, no. 16; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1892, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Stencilied in the reverse of the panel: VENTE ET LOCATION / DURAND RUEL / Rue de la Paix / pres de la Place Vendome / A Paris / TABLEAUX ET DES...; [Translation] It has been establshed that Durand-Ruel was at this address from 1858 until 1870; [Label] Paper label of American Art Association
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1892

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after 1858
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 26 x W: 19 11/16 in. (66 x 50 cm); Framed H: 40 1/2 x W: 35 1/4 x D: 5 1/16 in. (102.87 x 89.54 x 12.86 cm)
  • France (Place Depicted)
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