Tagliolini, circa 1822 A stunning portrait of Prince Achille Charles Louis Napoleon, Royal Prince of Naples, 2nd Prince Murat (1801-1847) as a Midshimpan wearing naval uniform with gold epaulettes and gold embroidered collar, ships in the sea background Signed on the obverse, set in the original Italian hallmarked gold frame with hair on the reverse
Dimensions: Oval, 2 inches high
Karin Henninger-Tavcar Miniatur Portrats, 1995, page 279 Prince Murat was the son of Joachim Murat, Grand Duke of Cleves and King of Naples and Sicily and his wife Caroline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. His father was executed by Ferdinand IV of Naples after which Murat had to flee Italy. He was educated at Castle Frohsdorf in Austria between 1815-1822. He later went to Venice where he was pursued by the Austrian authorities, necessitating his departure to the United States. It is believed that this miniature was taken in Venice before his departure to Spain, circa 1822. His ship was shipwrecked in Spain and captured by the Spanish. He finally arrived in America in 1825. He married 1826, Catherine Dangerfield Willis Gray, the great-grandniece of George Washington. Murat and his wife moved to New Orleans for several years, where he worked as a lawyer. Following the 1830 revolution in France, Murat returned to Europe and was briefly a colonel of the Belgian Foreign Legion. While in Belgium and France, he had hoped to regain some part of the family fortune that he believed to be his based on the properties of his parents. His attempts were futile and in 1834 the Murats returned to the Tallahassee area.