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Heinrich Friedrich Füger
HEILBRONN 1751 - 1818 VIENNA
PORTRAIT OF CATHERINE II, EMPRESS OF RUSSIA (1729-1796)
Watercolour and gouache on ivory, ormolu frame;
signed and dated lower left: Füger / 1796
8.8 cm. diameter
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Provenance

Leo R. Schidlof (1886-1966), London, by 1956,
by family descent;
sale, Geneva, Christie's, 18 May 1994, lot 214

Exhibited

Vienna, Albertina, Meisterwerke der europäischen Miniaturmalerei von 1750 bis 1850, 1965, no. 164

Literature

R. Keil, Heinrich Friedrich Füger 1751-1818, Vienna, 2009, pp. 295, 297, no. 307

Catalogue Note

This classicising portrait of the Empress, painted in the year of her death and depicted with a crown of laurel leaves - was probably intended as a memorial image. 

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