A Prussian artist who specialized in battle scenes and portraiture, Schwarz studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin and later under Franz Krüger. In 1843 he was invited to Russia as an Imperial court painter and produced works depicting Nicholas I on manoeuvres. He stayed in Russia after Nicholas’ death and received a commission to paint a series of nine works on the subject of the coronation of Alexander II in 1856. Schwarz remained in St Petersburg until the end of his life. His paintings can be found in the palace collections at Pavlovsk, Gatchina and Tsarskoe Selo and in the State Russian Museum.
The original canvas is numbered 559 on the reverse which corresponds to the Imperial label on the frame. The canvas has since been lined.