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Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

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Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Portrait of Daria Aleksandrovna Valueva, née Kosheleva (1757-1836), wearing the Order of St Catherine, Second Class

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Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825) Portrait of Daria Aleksandrovna Valueva, née Kosheleva (1757-1836), wearing the Order of St Catherine, Second Class signed in Cyrillic and dated 'Painted by Borovikovskii/1798.' (lower left) oil on canvas 28 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (71.4 x 55.7 cm.)
Provenance
Petr Aleksandrovich Valuev (1815-1890), until at least 1870.
Acquired from the above by Petr Mikhailovich Romanov (1851-1911), St Petersburg, by 1902.
Prince Serge Obolensky (1890-1978) and Ava Alice Muriel Astor (1902-1956), London, circa 1925.
By descent to the present owner.

Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Istoricheskaia vystavka portretov lits XVI-XVIII vv., ustroennaia obshchestvom pooshchreniia khudozhnikov [Exhibition of historical portraits of the XVI-XVII centuries, organised by the society for the encouragement of arts], St Petersburg, 1870, listed pp. XI and 189-190, no. 703.
Exhibition catalogue, Vystavka russkoi portretnoi zhivopisi za 150 let [Exhibition dedicated to 150 years of Russian portraiture] (1700-1850), St Petersburg, 1902, listed pp. [3] and 11, no. 148.
Exhibition catalogue, Vystavka russkikh portretov [Exhibition of Russian Portraits], St Petersburg, 1905, listed pp. 25 and 90, no. 147.
Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich, Portraits Russes des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, St Petersburg, 1907, vol. III, 1st and 2nd eds., no. 34, illustrated pl. XXXIV, listed p. I.
T. Alekseeva, Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskii i russkaia kultura na rubezhe 18go-19go vekov [Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskii and Russian culture at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries], 1975, illustrated and listed p. 352, no. 148.
Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich, [S. Nikitin (ed.)], Russkie porttrety XVIII i XIX vekov [Russian portraits of the XVIII and XIX centuries], Moscow, 2003, illustrated p. 61 no. 6, listed p. 142 III, no. 34.
Exhibited
St Petersburg, Istoricheskaia vystavka portretov lits XVI-XVIII vv., ustroennaia obshchestvom pooshchreniia khudozhnikov [Exhibition of historical portraits of the XVI-XVII centuries, organised by the society for the encouragement of arts], 1870, no. 703.
St Petersburg, St Petersburg Academy of Sciences, Vystavka russkoi portretnoi zhivopisi za 150 let [Exhibition dedicated to 150 years of Russian portraiture] (1700-1850), 1902, no. 148.
St Petersburg, The Tauride Palace, Vystavka russkikh portretov [Exhibition of Russian Portraits], 1905, no. 147.

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Lot Essay

Daria Aleksandrovna Valueva, was of the Koshelev family, whose status was elevated by the Imperial family. In 1772 she married Peter Stepanovich Valuev (1745-1814), a gentleman of the bedchamber from an ancient but impoverished noble family. Thanks to his wife's relatives, Valuev had a brilliant career: Senator (1796), Head (Chief of Ceremonies) of the Moscow Palace Administration and Kremlin Office. Daria Aleksandrovna owned the village of Nikolskoe-Timonino near Moscow. Nine children (four sons and five daughters) resulted from her marriage. During the Napoleonic Wars, her sons served in the army. One of them, Peter, died a heroic death at Borodino. Daria Aleksandrovna was buried beside her husband in the Novodevichy cemetery.
The portrait of D. A. Valueva was executed by Borovikovsky in 1798, at the height of his creative career. She is depicted with the Order of St Catherine, Second Class, which she received 5 April 1797 on the occasion of Paul I’s coronation. This portrait was formally in the collection of her grandson, Petr Aleksandrovich Valuev, Minister of the Interior. At the start of the 20th century, the painting was in the collection of Peter Mikhailovich Romanov, Minister of Finance and a passionate collector of significant XVIII and early XIX century portraits, which were exhibited in St Petersburg more than once.

We are grateful to Dr Ludmila Markina, Director of the 18th and 19th century paintings department at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, for providing this note.

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