Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (French, 1755-1842)
Oil on canvas 
54-1/8 x 39-3/8 in. (137.5 x 100.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette, Vigée-Lebrun chose exile during the French Revolution. While in Vienna in 1793, she produced this image of Theresia, Countess Kinsky. The Countess was the unfortunate victim of an arranged marriage. Her husband, a man whom she had never met, abandoned her at the church immediately after their wedding, and returned to his mistress. Clearly, Vigée-Lebrun was captivated by the beauty and amiable character of Countess Kinsky, as well as by her sad history.


Thérèse, Countess Kinsky (née Princesse de Dietrichstein, wife of Count Merveldt, near relative of the Clam-Galas), Vienna, by descent to;
Counts Clam-Gallas, Waehringerstrasse, Vienna, by descent to;
Eleonore, Princess Schwartzenberg (née Clam-Gallas, second wife of Count Radslav Kinsky), Kinsky Palace, Prague, after 1948 moved to Husova 23, Prague, and still there in 1958, given to;
Dr. Antonin de Celerin (secretary to Count Kinsky), Prague, after WWII, sold to;
Ivan L. and Maria Jana (née Kolowrat) Laxa, Cambridge, Massachusetts, sold 2 July 1968 for $14,000 to;
[Schaeffer Galleries, Inc., New York; sold 3 January 1969 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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