The Wallace Collection

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Mademoiselle Sontag, after Winterhalter
  • Alexandre Fiocchi (1803 - 1896)
  • After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 - 1875)
  • Mademoiselle Sontag, after Winterhalter
  • France
  • 1852
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory
  • Image size: 16.5 x 13.4 cm
  • Signature: 'Fiocchi / 1852'
    Label: 'Portrait de / Mlle Sontag, Comsse Rossi'
    Label: 'Winterhalter 8br. 1842' The inscription implies that M105 is copied from a portrait by Winter-halter, now untraced.
  • M105
  • West Gallery II
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  • Henriette Sontag was one of the leading operatic and concert sopranos of her time. Fiocchi was a pupil of Ingres and 'Isabey' (presumably Jean-Baptiste). He never exhibited at the Paris Salon, but achieved sufficient renown to be commissioned by the state in 1855 to paint a copy in miniature of Winterhalter's full-length portrait of the Empress Eugénie. His miniatures are rare, and it is perhaps surprising that there are as many as four in the Wallace Collection - suggesting that he may have been known personally to Lord Hertford or Richard Wallace. A label on the back of the Wallace Collection's miniature, 'Winterhalter 8br. 1842', suggests that the miniature is after Franx Xavier Winterhalter, which may well be partially correct - the style and composition recall Winterhalter's works, but of the late 1840s and early 1850s, rather than 1842.