Schwartze, Th. | A portrait of Christine Auguste Mayer-Leiden

Thérèse Schwartze

Dutch, 1851 – Amsterdam – 1918

A portrait of Christine Auguste Mayer-Leiden

Oil on canvas  225 x 130 cm

Signed and dated ’93 lower left


Bonn, Museum König, on loan 1985-2001
Heino/Wijhe, Museum de Fundatie/Kasteel Het Nijenhuis, Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918): De Nederlandse Fine Fleur geportretteerd, 12 February – 13 June 2011

W. van Lith, I. Montijn, Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918): De Nederlandse Fine Fleur geportretteerd, Zwolle 2011, p. 48, ill. 38


The woman in this portrait is Christine Auguste Mayer-Leiden, born 23 July 1855 in Cologne and passed away in 1939. Her parentage was aristocratic. Her father was Franz Leiden (1820-1891), a trader in champagne and the Dutch Consul in Moscow. Her mother was a Russian princess, Wilhelmine de Prene (1837-1873). On September 3 1879 Christine Auguste Leiden married Carl Eduard Mayer (1850-1923). They had two children, Kurt and Martha.

It is known in Christine’s family that Thérèse Schwartze was a close friend of hers and her husband. Schwartze often was a guest at villa Mayer-Leiden. The family even set up a studio for Schwartze in one of the rooms of the villa. The painter could use this studio whenever she visited. In 1893, during one of her stays at the villa, she painted this work in that specially created studio.


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