A carte-de-visite portrait of Archduchess Maria Christina (1858-1929), taken shortly before her marriage to King Alfonso XII of Spain on 29 November 1879.
Born near Brno, in Moravia, she was a daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. She was King Alfonso’s second wife, his first having died only six months after her marriage.
King Alfonso died of tuberculosis in 1885, aged only 27. As his widow, Maria Christina acted as regent during the minority of their son, Alfonso XIII, born posthumously.
Queen Maria Christina died in 1929 at the Royal Palace in Madrid. She was buried in El Escorial.
Photographed by Adèle of Vienna.
condition: The print presents a few small imperfections in the area of the background but
is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount presents some
wear at one corner and one edge but is otherwise clean, firm and solid.
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