1720 (probably) Princess Rakoczi by Nicolas de Largillierre (National Gallery, London)

The National Gallery has this note about the portrait, “The sitter has been traditionally identified as Charlotte Amelia (1649 - 1722), daughter of the Landgrave of Hesse-Rheinfels; she married the Hungarian patriot Francis Rákóczi II, Prince of Transylvania. From 1713 until her death she lived in Paris. Recently an identification of the sitter as the Marquise de Soucarière has been suggested.”

The Wikipedia article for Princess Rákóczi’s patriot husband is here.

Upgrade image from paintings-art-picture.com/paintings/archives/534/largilliere-nicolas-de-princess-rakoczi posted on 21 September 21, 2012; some spots removed throughout image and watermark in lower right removed with Photoshop by gogm.

Princess Rakoczi wears an interesting dress in this 1720 de Largillierre portrait. Her bodice has a tabbed bottom and a crescent shaped top like that worn by the Duchesse du Maine. A modesty piece creates her roughly square neckline. Her sleeves appear to emerge from tabbed tops in Renaissance style, but the tops are puffed with the rest of the sleeves emerging in a telescoping spyglass style. Her bodice appears to be made of green velvet, jeweled at top and edged with rust and gold brocade along the bottom matching her skirt.

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