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Adolph Rinck (French/New Orleans, 1810-1871), "Madame Charles Auguste Barriere, née Elodie Antoinette Rigau (d. 1865)", 1841, oil on canvas, signed and dated upper right, 43 1/2 in. x 33 in., framed. Note: Elodie Antoinette Rigau was born in France around 1820 and immigrated to America shortly after. Married to Charles Auguste Barriere in the early 1840s, the couple had four children, Julia, Charles, Eugene, and Georgine. Elodie’s father, General Antoine Rigau, had fought in the Napoleonic Wars; he was a Cavalry General under Napoleon both before the Bourbon Restoration of 1814 and during the 100 days when Bonaparte returned to power in 1815. Rigau’s name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the north pillar. Seeking asylum from the throne for his Bonapartist politics, Rigau moved first to the Champ d’Asile, a settlement in Texas for those who had supported Napoleon, and then subsequently to New Orleans.
Rinck’s delightful portrait of Elodie Rigau includes a beautiful landscape background seen through a window with a climbing vine of morning glories. Her tasteful and fashionable white dress and ringlets with a wedding ring prominently displayed on her left hand suggest that this could perhaps be a wedding portrait.
Ref.: Jensen, Nathan D. “General Antoine Rigau.” Napoleonic Biographies. https://www.frenchempire.net/biographies/rigau. Accessed Oct. 12, 2018.

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Adolph Rinck (French/New Orleans, 1810-1871)

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