Félicie de Fauveau
1801 - 1886
Portrait of Henri V, also known as Henri d'Artois, Duc de Bordeaux
43.5 × 35 × 15 cm. (17 ⅛ × 13 ¾ × 5 ⅞ in.)
Signed and dated: 'Félicie de Fauveau 1840'
PROVENANCE: Commissioned by Joseph Henri Charles Louis Forbin (1775-1851), Marquis des Issarts.;
By descent in the family until the present.
S. Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l’Ecole française au dix-neuvième siècle, tome 2, Paris, 1916, p.347.;
J. Barbotte, Félicie de Fauveau, héroïne vendéenne et sculpteur romantique, 1801-1886, Catalogue scientifique de l’oeuvre, non publié, Paris, mémoire de l’école du Louvre, 1971, pp. 30-32.;
Exhib. cat., Félicie Fauveau, l’amazone de la sculpture, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, 2013, p. 326, no. 22, repr. p. 232.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay: Félicie Fauveau, l’amazone de la sculpture, 2013, no. 81.
FURTHER INFORMATION: The sole legitimate descendant of the dynasty founded by Henri IV, venerated as the saviour of France and of the Royal family, Henri V, born Henri d'Artois (1820-1883), Duc de Bordeaux, was perceived as the incarnation of the values of chivalry and Christianity. He was the only person of whom the sculptress Félicie de Fauveau did several portraits. During his trip to the Vatican in 1839, a voyage that he considered his first political act to reconquer the throne of France, he commissioned his portrait, which she proposed in three different versions. The present portrait was done the following year.