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    Sale 5405

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 205

    Russian School (19th Century)

    Portrait of Catherine the Great, in profile, wearing the Order of St.Andrew and a laurel crown

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    Russian School (19th Century)
    Portrait of Catherine the Great, in profile, wearing the Order of St.Andrew and a laurel crown
    dated '8 [F]eb 1849' (lower right)
    waxed crayon and coloured chalk on paper, oval
    20¾ x 16½ in. (52.7 x 41.9 cm.)


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    Inspired by the portrait executed by Count Rotari around 1758, the present profile also appears to have been influenced by a later version executed by August Sandoz (see D. A. Rovinskii, Dictionary of Russian Engraved Portraits, St. Petersburg, 1887, vol. 2, p. 831, no. 224; and A. B. Morozov, Catalogue of my collection of Russian engraved and lithographed portraits, Moscow, 1913, vol. 2, no. 203).
    In the present portrait the Empress wears a pearl necklace and a laurel crown which can be seen in the Sandoz version, yet is absent from that painted by Rotari.

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