Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1805 - 1873

born in:
Sankt Blasien, Freiburg district, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

1818 - aged thirteen and funded by his patron, he left his village to study in Freiburg im Breisgau near the French border. 1824 - received a grant to study at the Munich Academy of Art. 1825 - received a pension of 200 florins from the grand duke of Baden with the stipulation that he submit one drawing each year. 1829 - he was appointed drawing-master to Sophie Guillemette, grand duchess of Baden. 1830 - moved to Karlsruhe. 1834 - moved to Paris. 1839 - received the Légion d'honneur. 1842 - arrived in Britain to paint commissioned portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 1871 - retired in poor health to Karlsruhe.