Queen of Spain, Maria Anna of Neuburg, engraving by Antoine Trouvain, c.1695
Interesting early copper plate engraving of the ‘Queen of Spain’, seated on a throne, her hand gesturing,
engraved below “Chez Trouvain, rue St Jacques au grand Monarque C.P.R.”
Frame 21.3 x 16.5cm
great condition, well framed
This print represents Maria Anna of Neuburg, who was a German princess and member of the Wittelsbach family, who became Queen consort of Spain in 1689 as the second wife of Charles II, last Habsburg King of Spain. His first wife, Marie Louise of Orléans, had died without giving him an heir, and the Wittelsbach family of the Palentine were well respected for their fertility – she was one of 17 siblings! Charles II of Spain was an unfortunate result of the extensive in-breeding in the Hapsburg family, and was actually quite handicapped: learning to speak at 4, to walk at 8, and having the ‘Hapsburg Jaw’ that caused great difficulty in eating, as well as looking decidedly odd. They were married in 1690, and had no offspring. When Charles II died in 1700, she was forced to leave Madrid before the arrival of the first of the new Bourbon Kings, Felipe V, and she eventually left Spain in 1708. She died in 1740.
Antoine Trouvain (1656-1708)was active in Paris in the latter 17th/ earlier 18th century. He was contemporary with the Bonnart brothers, his premises located on the same street, Rue St Jacques.