• Portrait of a Girl

    Artist:
    Anonymous Artist
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    46х39,5 cm

Anonymous Artist

Portrait of a Girl

Russia, ca. 1810-1812

This portrait of a child painted in a “German-Baltic” artistic manner that was restored in 2011 forms a group with two others that underwent restoration back in the 1990s. Sadly, the creator of these works has not yet been established. The dating suggested by Yulia Plotnikova, the keeper of the Hermitage’s costume collection – around 1810–12 – is highly provisional. (Children’s clothing defines the time when a work was painted less precisely because it has never kept close pace with fashion.) If we take this as a guide, then the children shown in the portraits were born in the late 1790s or early 1800s. The history of where these portraits were kept is not entirely clear. Still left on the stretchers are stickers from the Museum of the City, which in 1918–28 was housed in several buildings in Petrograd-Leningrad: the Anichkov Palace, Countess Karlova’s mansion (46, Fontanka Embankment) and the Serebriakovs’ house (35, Fontanka Embankment). Natalia Feodorovna Karlova (1858–1921) was the daughter of Feodor Ardalionovich Vonliarliarsky (1833–1903) and Maria Feodorovna Uvarova (1835–1872). From 1890 she was the morganatic wife of Duke Georg Alexander (Georgy Georgiyevich) of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1859–1909). Searches for the subjects of the portraits among possible members of the families mentioned have not produced any results.

Title:

Portrait of a Girl

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Material:

Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

46х39,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; transferred from The State Museum of Ethnography of Peoples of the USSR, Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1426

Comment:

One of a series of three portraits.

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