Baroness Victoria von Schlotheim (b. 1948, cousin of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and related to Friedrich Franz Graf von Münnich) Purchased from the above, circa 1960
This painting recounts the heroic tale of Friedrich Franz Graf von Münnich, Lord Steward to Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig von Oldenburg. He was wounded in a battle fought between the Russian-German legion and Napoleon. The Count is being rescued in a sleigh drawn by four horses. Accompanied by several Cossacks wearing the Tsar’s green uniform and followed by another coach of civilians, he is being evacuated to safety. Münnich’s family had been in the service of the Russian Tsars since 1721, which may explain his Cossack cap.
Oil on canvas laid on board. The board is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support. There is some hairline craquelure throughout, however not too distracting. Ultra-violet light reveals spots of retouching along the lower framing edge and scattered areas of what appears to be strengthening, notably in the horse to the left, in the horse of the carriage and to the centre of the composition. The picture could benefit from some professional cleaning. Overall, the work is in good condition and ready to hang.
Presented in a gilt frame.
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