Lot 5
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Vladimir Fedorovich Ammon

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Vladimir Fedorovich Ammon
  • View of Moscow from Sparrow Hills
  • signed in Latin and dated 1856 l.r.; further inscribed à Monsieur John Hick. / Gerassim Kloudoff / Moscou 2/14 Fevrier 1857.
  • oil on canvas
  • 40 by 60cm, 15 3/4 by 23 1/2 in.


A gift from Gerasim Ivanovich Khludov to John Hick MP, Moscow, 1857
Thence by descent
Christie’s London, 27 July 1955
Mr F. Dent
Mr Herbert Bier
Thence by descent to the previous owner

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1856, the present work offers a stunning view of Moscow, at a time when the skyline of the Russian capital was still dominated by churches and monasteries. Perhaps the most interesting feature of Ammon's painting is the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, whose massive central dome is still clad in scaffolding. The cornerstone had been laid in 1839, but the cathedral, built to commemorate Russia's victory over Napoleon in 1812, would not be consecrated until 1883. To the left of Christ the Saviour, the Kremlin with its churches and cathedrals can be seen, and behind it one can just make out the domes of St Basil's.

Ammon painted another version of the same vista which is now at the State Russian Museum. Here, the scaffolding is gone and the golden dome of Christ the Saviour is visible. This suggests that the museum’s work was painted slightly later.

According to the inscription on the reverse, the present work was gifted by Gerasim Ivanovich Khludov (1821-1885), a well-known Moscow collector and entrepreneur, to John Hick (1815-1894), an English industrialist, art collector and Conservative politician.