Princess Alexandra of Bavaria

Artist: Joseph Karl Stieler
Year: 1845
Born: 26 August 1826 Died: 21 September 1875

Princess Alexandra Amalie of Bavaria, a member of the House of Wittelsbach, was born on 26 August 1826 in Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg. She was daughter of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and his wife Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Her portrait was completed by Joseph Karl Stieler in 1845, when she was 19 years old for the “Gallery of Beauties”. Her painting was commissioned by her father at Schloss Nymphenburg.

Alexandra was never married rather attended a religious community particularly for dignified ladies, the abbess of the Royal Chapter for Ladies of Saint Anne in Munich and Würzburg. In the 1850s when Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte wished her hand to her father King Ludwig, he was denied with an excuse of her fragile health.

Alexandra dedicated her life to literature. Her first book of stories was published with the name of Weihnachtsrosen (Christmas roses) in 1852, and next work Souvenirs, pensées et essais (Memories, thoughts and essays) in 1853. In 1856 appeared Feldblumen (Field flowers) and in 1858 appeared Phantasie- und Lebensbilder (Daydreams and biographical sketches) which was a compilation of translations into German from English as well as French and in 1862 appeared a collection of stories translated into German from French entitled Thautropfen (Dewdrops). In 1862, she also translated some of the romances of Eugenie Foa into German.

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