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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 558

    Circle of Andrea Soldi (Florence c. 1703-1771 London)

    An historical portrait of a Queen, or Empress, full-length, in a fur-lined ermine robe emblazoned with a counterchanged coat-of-arms

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Andrea Soldi (Florence c. 1703-1771 London)
    An historical portrait of a Queen, or Empress, full-length, in a fur-lined ermine robe emblazoned with a counterchanged coat-of-arms
    oil on canvas
    80½ x 43½ in. (204.5 x 110.5 cm.)
    in an English 18th Century carved and gilded running pattern frame


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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St. Helens (1753-1839) when in Russia either circa 1783-7, or circa 1801-2.


    Literature

    A Catalogue of some of the Pictures at Tissington Hall the seat of Sir William FitzHerbert Baronet, 1859, possibly 'Front Drawing Room - 13 A Female portrait. Subject and Painter not known.'
    Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., possibly 'Portrait of a Queen or Empress ... painter unknown ... This picture is supposed to have been brought from Russia by Lord St. Helens & left by him to Sir Henry FitzHerbert, 3rd Bt.'
    Nora FitzHerbert, Tissington Hall - Pictures, 1938, 'No. 148. Billiard Room unhung.' as 'Russian Empress'
    G. Jackson-Stops, 'Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - III', Country Life, 29 July 1976, p. 289, fig. 11