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Joseph Barth (1746-1818), in silk-lined olive-green cloak, white shirt, wide-brim hat decorated with plumes
signed 'Fu[..]r p' (partly erased, lower left)
on ivory (artist's joins)
oval, 6½ in. (164 mm.) high, gilt-wood easel-stand frame carved with beaded acanthus border
Baron Othon de Bourgoing Collection, Vienna, in 1905 and 1907.
Baroness Eugene de Rothschild; Christie's, London, 23 June 1981, lot 101.
R. von Schneider, Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, XXI, 1900, p. 272, illustrated pl. XXI. E. Leisching, Die Bildnis-Miniatur in Österreich von 1750 bis 1850, Vienna, 1907, p. 114.
F. Laban, Heinrich Friedrich Füger, der Porträtminiaturist, Berlin, 1905, p. 61, no. 73, illustrated p. 31, fig. 29.
R. Keil, Heinrich Friedrich Füger 1751-1818, Vienna, 2009, p. 242.
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Joseph Barth, opthalmologist, was appointed by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria to occupy the first Chair of Ophthalmology in Europe. He opened a public eye clinic in the General Hospital Vienna in 1784 where he operated on cases of cataracts. He taught and trained other physicians in his field and published works relating to the treatment of eye disease. He was appointed oculist to Emperor Joseph II in 1776, a position he held until his death.
Another portrait of the sitter by Füger, signed and dated 1786, is in R. Keil, op. cit., p. 242, no. 145. According to Leisching (loc. cit.), both versions are 'of equal merit and wonderful and belong to the premier league of his works'.

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