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    Sale 7556

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    JEAN FRANÇOIS VICTOR DUPONT (SWISS, 1785-1863)

    Salomon Gessner (1730-1788), in blue-lined greenish-blue gown, white shirt and a yellow scarf tied loosely around his neck

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    JEAN FRANÇOIS VICTOR DUPONT (SWISS, 1785-1863)
    Salomon Gessner (1730-1788), in blue-lined greenish-blue gown, white shirt and a yellow scarf tied loosely around his neck
    signed and dated 'V. Dupont fecit 1817' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 2 7/8 in. (73 mm.) high, gilt-gessoed wood frame with black velvet mount


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    Salomon Gessner, the Swiss pastoral poet also painted and engraved landscapes. He was born in Zurich where he was a book seller. His poem 'Tod Abels', a type of heroic prose poem, published in 1758, enjoyed the greatest success.
    The present miniature is inspired by an oil painting by Anton Graff (1781/2), illustrated in E. Berckenhagen, Anton Graff, Berlin, 1967, p. 145, no. 453.

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