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Alexander Alexandrovich Kiselev
GEORGIAN MILITARY HIGHWAY
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31
Alexander Alexandrovich Kiselev
GEORGIAN MILITARY HIGHWAY
Estimate
180,000250,000
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Alexander Alexandrovich Kiselev
1837-1911
GEORGIAN MILITARY HIGHWAY
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1897 l.r.; further bearing the label of the 1914 Baltic Exhibition on the reverse
oil on canvas
65 by 89.5cm, 25 1/2 by 35 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Knut Henrik Littorin (1860-1939), Bjertorp Castle
Uppsala Auktionskammare, Important Sale, 1 December 2009, lot 549

Exhibited

Malmö, Exposition Baltique, 1914

Catalogue Note

The Georgian Military Highway connects Georgia and Russia and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. Acquiring its name from its use in the 18th and 19th centuries as the main route of transportation for troops to the region, the highway became synonymous with the Caucasian Wars. It was under constant repair in the early 19th century on the orders of Alexander I and by the 1870s it was a high quality road with several lanes and iron bridges over the torrents, a showcase of Russian engineering.

The present lot was acquired by Knut Henrik Littorin, one-time Norwegian consul to pre-revolutionary Moscow and ardent collector of Russian art. Persuaded to exhibit part of his collection at the Baltic exhibition in Malmö in 1914, Littorin was unable to retrieve his paintings due to the outbreak of the First World War. Forced to flee Russia during the Revolution of 1917, legend has it that Littorin was able to leave Moscow in a horse-drawn carriage, swapping clothes with the coach driver en route. They were stopped by a patrol close to the Finnish border and the coach driver was executed but Littorin managed to escape to his native Sweden.

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