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