Heinrich Von Angeli
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Heinrich Von Angeli
Lithograph showing head and shoulders of Heinrich von Angeli
Lithograph of von Angeli by Adolf Dauthage

Heinrich Anton von Angeli (July 8, 1840, Ödenburg (now Sopron, in Hungary) – October 21, 1925, Vienna) was an Austrian history and portrait painter. His works included portraits of Queen Victoria, her eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, Kaiser Wilhelm I, Benjamin Disraeli, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener,[1] and two of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom.[2]

Several of his works are in the British Royal Collection, including portraits of members of the British, German, and Russian royal families.[1] His work is also in the Wallace Collection[3] and the Victoria and Albert Museum.[4]

He received the Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts in 1915.


Bust of Heinrich von Angeli by Viktor Tilgner

Angeli was born in 1840 in Ödenburg, then part of the Austrian empire, now known as Sopron in Hungary. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and in Munich, before moving back to Vienna in 1862. From 1870 he travelled between Berlin, London, and Vienna, producing portraits.[5]

His success at society portraiture was partly due to his facility at depicting uniforms, pearls, and other jewels.[6] As well as royalty and politicians, he painted other notable people, such as the German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann. In 1877 Buckingham Palace invited Ulysses S. Grant to have his portrait painted by Angeli.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Heinrich von Angeli (1840-1925)". Royal Collection. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Dennison, Matthew (2008). The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter. Macmillan. p. 199.
  3. ^ "Heinrich von Angeli (1840 - 1925)". Wallace Collection. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Queen Victoria, Angeli, Heinrich Anton von". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Heinrich von Angeli". Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Waal, Edmund de (24 September 2013). "Vienna 1900: A brush with the past". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Grant, Ulysses S. (2005). The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: November 1, 1876-September 30, 1878. SIU Press. p. 213.


  • Constantin von Wurzbach: "Angeli, Heinrich von" in Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich. Vol 11, Verlag L. C. Zamarski, Vienna 1864, p. 354
  • Margarete Braun-Ronsdorf: "Angeli, Heinrich von" in Neue Deutsche Biographie. Vol 1, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1953, ISBN 3-428-00182-6, p. 288
  • "Angeli Heinrich von" in Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950. Vol 1. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 1957, p. 22.
  • Elisabeth Newzella, Nicht so ernst, Majestät - Anekdoten aus dem Leben des Wiener Fürstenmalers Heinrich von Angeli, Verlag für Sammler, Graz 1990.

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