Royal portraits by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein

(Photo by Moniek Bloks)

Johann Friedrich August Tischbein was a German painter from the Tischbein family. His father was Johann Valentin Tischbein. He was appointed court painter to Friedrich Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and also made several trips to The Netherlands. In 1795, he was hired by Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau but left a year later to become an independent portrait painter. The Rijksmuseum Twenthe currently has an exhibition dedicated to Tischbein (the son) which had plenty of royal portraits.

The Tischbeins did several portraits of the Orange-Nassau family, including my favourite family painting (done by Anton Wilhelm Tischbein – the uncle of Johann Friedrich August) of Carolina of Orange-Nassau – about whom I wrote a book – which she gifted to her husband for his birthday. Unfortunately, that particular painting was not at this exhibition, but several of her children were. Of this exhibition, I think my favourite is the painting of Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden, and her daughter Louise.

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The Tischbein exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe will run until 19 January 2020. Click here for more information.

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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