Seeking artist attribution for possible portrait of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium)

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

A query from a private collector, a member of the Understanding British Portraits professional network:

This  portrait of a young man wearing the Order of the Garter and another medallion showing a bronze portrait relief  suspended from a blue ribbon has always been known anecdotally as a portrait of ‘Major Blachford’. However Blachford was not awarded the Order of the Garter and I am considering the possible identity of the sitter as Leopold of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, as the Order was bestowed on him in 1816, the year he married Princess Charlotte of Wales.

Thoughts on both a possible artist attribution and sitter identity are very welcome. Please use the ‘add a comment’ box below.

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

called Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King Leopold I of Belgium), artist unknown. Private collection

Comments

  • Liz Strickland
    April 2, 2018 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

    This looks to be the work of The Spanish Court as Velazdez or Jean Bautista Mazo. The background if the sitter has been commonly used by both artists. I believe your guess of Prince Leopold would also be mine as well.

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