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    Sale 7684

    Russian Pictures Including Post-War and Contemporary Art Part II

    26 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 329

    Aleksandr Poliakov (1801-1835)

    Portrait of Emperor Nicholas I

    Price Realised  


    Aleksandr Poliakov (1801-1835)
    Portrait of Emperor Nicholas I
    signed in Cyrillic and dated 'A. Poliakov. 1829' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    35¼ x 27¼ in. (89.5 x 69.2 cm.)

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    The present portrait is painted after that executed by George Dawe in the early 1820s (see Rovinskii, Dictionary of Russian engraved portraits, St Petersburg 1887, vol. 2, p. 1360, no. 39). Aleksandr Poliakov, along with Vasilii (Wilhelm) Golicke, worked alongside Dawe in his studio.

    The Emperor Nicholas I is wearing the red dress of the Chevaliers-Gardes regiment. This particular uniform was worn between 1815 and 1829.

    We are grateful to Gerard Gorokhoff for his assistance in cataloguing the present work.

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    Acquired from Blanca Orlandis Habsburgh, Arch-Duchess of Austria and Lorraine.
    By descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text