King of Bavaria (1864-1886) whose extravagant tastes, generous patronage of the arts, and penchant for exquisite castles (one of which, Neuschwanstein, was the model for Cinderella's castle at Disneyland), nearly drained the royal treasury before he finally succumbed to insanity. Amazing oversized 8.75 x 11.25 albumen portrait of Ludwig by J. Albert of Bunchen, affixed to its original 12.5 x 19 studio mount, prominently signed on the mount in ink, "Frater et amicus tuns, Ludovicus, Berg den 20 Juni 1880." Framed to an overall size of 14 x 20.5, with a small provenance note affixed to the reverse, in part (translated): "A gift from King Ludwig II to the father of Frau Paula Beck Peccoz." In fine condition, with a crease to the upper right corner tip. Extremely rare in this large size, this is a fantastic piece signed by the noteworthy king.
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