This portrait, painted in Paris in 1858, is of Princess Tatiana Alexandrovna Yusupova, née comtesse de Ribeaupierre (29 June 1828, Lucca, Italy - 14 January 1879, Crans-près-Céligny, Switzerland), the wife of Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov (12 October 1827, Moscow - 31 July 1891, Baden-Baden), Marshal of the Imperial Court and patron of the arts. Princess Yusupova was the daughter of Comte Alexandre de Ribeaupierre and his wife Ekaterina Mikhailovna Potemkina, and was a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna - by 1858, the Dowager Empress - the consort of Nicholas I. The Princess and her husband had only one surviving child, Zinaida, born in 1861, who would in turn be the mother of Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov, infamous as one of the assassins of Rasputin.
This second portrait, though usually credited to Winterhalter, looks decidedly to be a copy by another hand; certainly the rather crude "additions" were not painted by the artist. In this version, she wears the ribbon and cipher of the Empress on her left shoulder. She's also wearing the sash and insignia of the Bavarian Order of Theresa; I have no idea why. On her right shoulder, securing the sash, is a long pearl epaulette and, most interestingly, the Yusupov Lover's Knot tiara has been added to the portrait.
The tiara is one of several of identical or nearly identical design owned or once owned by several European royal or princely families. Besides the Yusupov example, among others there were versions in Bavaria and Saxony. But the "Cambridge Lover's Knot" tiara, made in 1818 and which had passed to the Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the aunt of Great Britain's Queen Mary, was the most influential: in 1913-14 Queen Mary had a replica made of her aunt's tiara. Still in the Royal Collection, the row of upstanding pearls long since removed, the tiara was famously worn by Diana, Princess of Wales during her marriage. (And has been worn at least once by her daughter-in-law, the present Duchess of Cambridge.) The Yusupov tiara hasn't fared so well. Hidden by Prince Felix Yusupov at the time of the Revolution, it was discovered by the Bolsheviks and soon after dismantled along with the other Yusupov jewels, its stones dispersed and/or sold.
|The Lover's Knot tiara, some of its pearls already removed.|
Lastly, instead of the generalized landscape, this version includes a view of the family's estate, Arkhangelskoe.