Joseph Ferdinand of Bavaria

Joseph Ferdinand
Electoral Prince of Bavaria
Josef Ferdinand by Joseph Vivien in 1698
Born28 October 1692
Hofburg Palace, Vienna
Died6 February 1699(1699-02-06) (aged 6)
Brussels, Spanish Netherlands
HouseHouse of Wittelsbach
FatherMaximilian II Emanuel
MotherMaria Antonia of Austria
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Joseph Ferdinand Leopold of Bavaria (28 October 1692 – 6 February 1699) was the son of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1679–1705, 1714–1726) and his first wife, Maria Antonia of Austria, daughter of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, maternal granddaughter of King Felipe IV of Spain.


Prince Joseph Ferdinand was born in Vienna on October 28, 1692, son of Duke Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, and Archduchess Maria Antonia, daughter of Emperor Leopold I. He was, therefore, a great-grandson of Philip IV of Spain and a great-nephew of Charles II of Spain.

His mother died soon after his birth and he was left in the charge of his grandfather, Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, as his father was in Brussels where he served as governor of the Spanish Netherlands from March 1692. On May 2, 1693 Josef Ferdinand, accompanied by the former household of his mother, left Vienna for Munich, where he arrived on 2 or 3 June.

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