Attributed to Jan Kaniewski (Polish, 1805-1867) Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich
Lot 2
Attributed to Jan Kaniewski
(Polish, 1805-1867)
Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich
£9,000 - 10,000
US$ 12,000 - 13,000

The Russian Sale

29 Nov 2017, 15:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
Attributed to Jan Kaniewski (Polish, 1805-1867)
Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich
oil on board
17 x 14.5cm (6 11/16 x 5 11/16in).

Footnotes

  • The 20-year-old Russian Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich, future Emperor Alexander II of Russia, is presented wearing the uniform of a major-general of Leib-Guards Preobrazhenski Regiment. He is wearing the same uniform as in a well-known watercolour by Woldemar Hau, 1841. Most possibly, this small portrait was painted in Rome during the Grand Duke's several-months-long stay in this city.

    The engraving based on this portrait was included in D. A. Rovinski's "Detailed Dictionary of Russian Engraved Portraits". The Russian text beneath the engraving is as follows: "I. Kaniewski painted 1839. - F. Jordan engraved. 1839 /His Imperial Majesty /Grand Duke Tsarevich /Alexander Nikolaevich /Heir of All-Russia Throne". Incidentally, in 1839, both the painter Polish-Russian Jan Ksawery Kaniewski and the engraver Fedor Ivanovich Jordan lived in Rome on scholarships funded by the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts.
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