This is the lovely Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, later Queen of Hanover. She lived from 1778-1841. Frederica was married to Prince Louis of Prussia when she was only 15.
Apparently, she went on to have quite the life. She was married three times, had various affairs throughout her first two marriages, and was accused of murdering her second husband. This accusation, in my opinion, was rather unfounded. By all accounts, however, her third and final marriage was one of mutual love and affection.
I do wish I knew who had created this painting. I found it while searching for images of early 19th century fashion. The beautiful Frederica does wear a stunning empire-waist gown in this painting. I particularly love the lavish sash and collar.
Looking at this painting makes me want to write a story! Does anyone know who painted it? Or how to track down an old artist? I honestly don’t even know the name of the painting.