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Edgar Degas 
Princess Pauline de Metternich 
1865 (ca) 
  
Oil on canvas 
41 x 29 cm 
  
The National Gallery, London 
 
LL/43881 
  
NG3337. Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, 1918; returned from the Tate Gallery, 1934. Stamped signature of the Degas studio sale. The sitter was the wife of the Austro-Hungarian ambassador at the court of Napoleon III. The portrait is based on a photograph of 1860 which the Prince and Princess used as a visiting card. The floral backdrop was the artist's own invention. 
 

 
  
 
  
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