Rodin and the Cambodian Princess

In 1906, His Majesty King Sisowath brought the Royal Ballet of Cambodia to France. The dancers were under the direction of the King’s favourite daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady (1865 – 193…). She really impressed everyone, especially the journalists. Rodin, himself, draws a portrait of the almighty princess.


Princess Sisowath Somphady (1863-193..)
Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady as photographed in Paris, Le Petit Journal, issue n°818, 22nd July 1906


Princess Sumphady Rodin
Portrait of HRH Princess Sisowath Somphady, 1906, Auguste Rodin (aquarelle)

Samdech Preah Voreachny Sa-Vann and her sister, Khun Sa-Im


Samdech Preah Voreachny Vann (left) was married to King Sisowath (1840-1927) of Cambodia and was the beloved Mother of King Sisowath Monivong (1875-1941)

Her sister, Khun Sa-Im was also married to King Sisowath and has two children: HRH Princess Sisowath Samphady (1865-193…) and HRH Prince Sisowath Duong Mathura (1873-1908)

They were very loved by King Sisowath and were both members of the Royal Ballet.