Portrait artist 18th century
Portrait of Queen Elisabeth Therese of Sardinia
Oil on canvas. 125 x 74 cm.
Inscribed upper right: “Elizabeth Thérèse de Lorraine / Reine de Sardaigne / + 1741. / donné par la Reine / a la C.[om]tesse Gabrielle de Bouzey“.
Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine (1711 - 1741) was the daughter of Duke Leopold of Lorraine and his wife Elisabeth Charlotte of Orléans. One of her brothers was Emperor Franz I Stephan, husband to Maria Theresia of Austria. She herself married Karl Emmanuel III of Sardinia in 1737, but died just four years later at the age of 29. The gilt embroidery on her ermine lined cloak is a symbol of the Savoy Order of the Most Holy Annunciation. A similar portrait of Elisabeth Therese is kept in the castle at Innsbruck.