Duke of Reichstadt, Napoleon II, Miniature, 19th Century


Miniature portrait of the Duke of Reichstadt -19th century

Signature in lower right corner -looks like Kraus or Krauss (may be Wenzel Kraus, Austrian 1791-1849),
A follower of Moritz Daffinger, noted miniaturist who painted a portrait of the Duke.

Watercolor on Ivory measures 3.5″ x 2.5″ -original frame 6″ x 4.5″ with some repairs.

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Napoleon II as Duke of Reichstadt

Napoleon spent most of his life in Austria, where he was known as Franz. He became the Duke of Reichstadt at the age of 7 and joined the Austrian Army at the age of 12.

Napoleon enjoyed a close relationship with Princess Sophie of Bavaria. It has been claimed that he was the father of Sophie’s son, the future Maximilian I of Mexico, but this is widely rejected by historians.

Napoleon died of tuberculosis on July 22, 1832.