1849 Grand Princess Maria Mikhailovna (?) by Carl Timoleon von Neff (Hermitage)

The Hermitage lists this as "Portrait of a Young Woman." However Dru identified the sitter as Grand Princess Maria Mikhailovna in a posting to the  Alexander Palace Time Machine Discussion Forum of 27 September 2011 and another poster agreed with some doubt. I cannot find a biographical article for her.

This work appears to be unfinished, the background was not over-painted in an oval all around, although a guideline was made and much of the oval was completed. I filled in the unfinished background with Photoshop.

This dress shown in this 1849 portrait, possibly of Maria Mikhailovna, is a showcase of lace with the wide bertha and two visible flounces.

Keywords:  1849, von Ness, Grand Princess, Russian, straight coiffure, floral headdress, off shoulder vee neckline, modesty piece, lace, bertha, full skirt, flounces, earrings, bracelets, fan

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