Archduke Rainer of Austria and
Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria
with three unidentified sitters
5 August 1861
Volume 4, page 3089, sitting number 5306
An unusually large group for a Silvy portait, indeed for any studio portrait of the period, showing Archduke Rainer of Austria with his wife, Archduchess Maria Carolina, and three other, as yet unidentified, sitters.
Archduke Rainer Ferdinand Maria Johann Evangelist Franz Ignaz, Prince Imperial and Archduke of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, was born in Vienna on 11 January 1827, the 4th son of Archduke Rainer of Austria (1783-1853), who was himself the 14th child of Emperor Leopold II, who was the 9th child of Empress Maria Theresa. On 21 February 1852 in Vienna he married Archduchess Maria Carolina.
Archduke Rainer died at Vienna on 27 January 1913.
[The Victoria and Albert Museum has an uncut sheet of cartes-de-visite from this sitting. A pencilled inscription on its reverse identifies the sitters as 'Comte Schoenkirchen et famille,' which is presumably one of his minor titles he was using as an alias in order to travel incognito.]