Marie Christine,Reine d'Espagne
Paris chez Chaillou Editeur rue St Honoré No. 140
Lithograph, image 175 x 125mm (7 x 5"). Wove paper; uncut sheet; foxing to margins; publisher's blindstamp.
Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies (1806-78), Queen consort of Spain (1829-33) and Regent of Spain (1833-40). Maria Christina married the Spanish king Ferdinand VII in 1829, becoming regent for her daughter Isabella (the future Queen Isabella II of Spain). During the Carlist Wars (which ensued when Isabella's uncle Infante Carlos, Count of Molina tried to seize power), Maria Christina retained the throne for her daughter. Soon after the death of Ferdinand VII in 1833, Maria Christina secretly married a royal guard, Agustín Fernando Muñoz (1808-73), as to remarry publicly would have forfeited her regency. Eventually, the marriage became public and, as her position became increasingly intolerable, Maria Christina renounced the regency and left Spain with Muñoz, spending the remainder of her life in France. From a series of portraits by lithographer Antoine Maurin dit l'aîné (1793 - 1860).
For Isabella II as a child, see ref. 19410.
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