Antique Aquatint Print “The Duke of Orléans’ House at Twickenham” 1817

Antique Aquatint Print “The Duke of Orléans’ House at Twickenham” 1817

Code: 10618


H: 35.9cm (14.1")W: 69cm (27.2")


"Vue de la Maison ocupee par son Altesse Serenissme Monseigneur le Duc D’ Orleans a Twickenham en 1815 et 1816"
Joseph-Constantine Stadler (fl.1780-1819)
after Colonel Louis-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Atthalin (1784-1856)
Published 1st January 1817, by Rudolph Ackermann,
Repository of Arts, No 101, Strand, London.
Etching with aquatint, original hand colouring
On card
Measures:- 35.9 cm (high) x 69 cm (wide)
                    Trimmed to the image

A view of the house on the River Thames at Twickenham occupied between 1815 and 1816 by His Most Serene Highness Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans (1773–1850) (the future King Louis Philippe l). A bucolic scene depicting an idyllic house in the background, a stretch of river with cattle drinking before it and, on the riverbank in the foreground, further livestock and an elegant party leaving in a carriage.

This scarce print was made by Joseph-Constantine Stadler (fl.1780-1819) after an original watercolour by Louis-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Atthalin (1784-1856). As well as being a distinguished soldier, Atthalin was an accomplished artist. In 1814 he was made Aide-de-camp to Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans (a role he had previously undertaken for Napoleon). Louis Philippe and his family resided at Twickenham, on the outskirts of London, between 1815 and 1817 and the house they occupied soon became known after them as Orléans House. The property was largely demolished in 1926 but the octagonal room and its service wing (seen here in the centre of the image) remain and now form the 'Orleans House Gallery'.

The Duke (future King) is depicted here in the carriage in the central foreground. Colonel Atthalin remained one of his favourites, despite his having supported Napoleon during the Hundred Days. Louis Phillipe ultimately ruled as King of the French between 1839 and 1848. He abdicated during the French Revolution of February 1848, becoming the last ever French King.

A similar print was exhibited as n° 249, p.68 of "Louis - Philippe, l'homme et le roi", Archives Nationales, Paris, October 1974-February 1975.

Scarce. Not in British Museum. See Orleans House Gallery LDORL: 00016; 00109 and 00486

Trimmed to the image with the loss of the text and crest beneath but a super and very rare print, attractively toned by time and of a very good size.