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Russian School, circa 1765
PORTRAIT OF COUNT GRIGORII GRIGORIEVICH ORLOV (1734-1783)
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Russian School, circa 1765
PORTRAIT OF COUNT GRIGORII GRIGORIEVICH ORLOV (1734-1783)
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Russian School, circa 1765
PORTRAIT OF COUNT GRIGORII GRIGORIEVICH ORLOV (1734-1783)
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, gilt-metal mount
5.9 by 7.9 cm.; 2 1/4 by 3 1/8 in.
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Provenance

Prince Orlov, Lamorlaye, near Paris, by 1935;
sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 7 May 1982, lot 326

Exhibited

London, 1 Belgrave Square, Exhibition of Russian Art, 1935, no. 123 K (loaned by Prince Orlov)

Catalogue Note

Count Orlov was an officer of the guards who led the coup of the 28th June 1762 that placed Catherine the Great on the throne. For fourteen years, between 1759 and 1772, he was her lover and in recognition of his position, Catherine ennobled him and installed him in the Winter Palace, in apartments directly above her own.

The present miniature, showing Orlov wearing an embroidered blue dressing-gown and holding a letter in his left hand, would have originally been mounted on the inside lid of a snuff-box. The image was used by Andrei Ivanovich Cherny (Chernov or Chorny) as the basis of his portrait of Orlov painted on the inside lid of the celebrated 'Orlov' porcelain snuff-box, made by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory with gold mounts attributable to Jean Pierre Ador (see Sotheby's, London, The Rostropovich-Visnevskaya collection, 18-19 September 2007, lot 63.)   

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