Inscription: Signed (left edge, in black): F[r] Heigel
Mrs. Thomas Hunt (until 1941)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 212.
Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 168, no. 212, ill. p. 169, state that it may date about 1835, and note that the inscription was formerly read as "Fr. Heigel 18[ ]5".
The German-born soprano Henriette Sontag was, as Mlle Sontag, a renowned opera singer. She made her debut in Vienna in 1822 and in 1823 created the title role in Weber's "Euryanthe". In the late 1820s she secretly married Count Rossi, the Sardinian ambassador to the Dutch court. She performed in Europe and America and died in Mexico City while on tour.