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15 Photos & Portraits of Iconic Women from the Past

Centuries ago, kings, queens, and other nobility loved getting their portraits done. Apart from demonstrating their power and capturing a likeness, portraits were a way for royalty to shape how they were seen by the public. From the sixteenth century onwards, state portraits have been used by countless kings and queens. Gradually, photography arrived, and royals soon took a liking to it. Before long, the walls of their homes were adorned with their photos and portraits.

In this gallery, you get to see a few vintage photos of 19th-century noblewomen against their beautiful portraits. Compare and check them out now!

Related: These Old Photos Reveal a Good Deal About the 19th Century

1. Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792-1849): Wife of King Wilhelm IV of the United Kingdom

19th-Century Celebs, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

2. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): English mathematician and writer; considered the first computer programmer

19th-Century Celebs, Ada Lovelace

3. Rosalía de Castro (1837-1885): Galician poet and novelist

19th-Century Celebs, Rosalía de Castro

4. María de las Mercedes de Orleans (1860-1878): Queen of Spain as the first wife of King Alfonso XII

19th-Century Celebs, María de las Mercedes de Orleans

5. Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920): Wife of Napoleon III and Empress Consort of France

19th-Century Celebs, Eugénie de Montijo

6. Elisabeth of Bavaria, “Sissi” (1837-1898): Bavarian princess and wife of King Franz Joseph I of Austria; she was world-famous in her time as a fashion icon and trendsetter

19th-Century Celebs, Elisabeth of Bavaria

7. Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1860-1962): Queen of the Netherlands. She reigned for 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch

19th-Century Celebs, Wilhelmina

8. Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911): Princess of Sardinia and Italy and Queen of Portugal

19th-Century Celebs, Maria Pia of Savoy

9. Margherita Teresa of Savoy (1851-1926): Queen consort and wife of Humbert I of Italy

19th-Century Celebs, Margherita Teresa of Savoy

10. Elisabeth of Wied (1843-1916): the wife of Romania's first king, Carol I

19th-Century Celebs, Elisabeth of Wied

11. Elena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922): Princess consort and wife of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany 

19th-Century Celebs, elena of Waldeck

12. Josephine Frederica of Baden (1813-1900): the mother of the first king of Romania, Carol I

19th-Century Celebs, Josephine Frederica of Baden

13. Anna de Noailles (1876-1933): Countess Mathieu de Noailles and French poetess

19th-Century Celebs, Anna de Noailles

14. Genara Maria de Braganza (1822-1901): Imperial princess of Brazil who became queen of Spain as the second wife of Ferdinand VII

19th-Century Celebs, Genara Maria de Braganza

15. Francisca de Braganza (1824-1898): Princess of Orleans, Princess of Brazil, and Infanta of Portugal

19th-Century Celebs, Francisca de Braganza
All images source: Acid Cow
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