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Augustin Ritt
ST PETERSBURG 1765 - 1799
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG OFFICER, CIRCA 1795
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame;
signed centre left: Ritt
8.0 by 6.4 cm.; 3 1/8 by 2 1/4 in.
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Provenance

David David-Weill (1871-1952), inv. no. 1169;
with Wildenstein, Paris;
Sir Charles Clore (1905-1979), London;
his executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1986, lot 62;
sale, London, Bonham's, 20 November 1994, lot 66

Exhibited

London, Garrard, An Exhibition of Important 18th Century & Early 19th Century Miniatures and Enamels, 1961, no. 168

Literature

L. Gillet, C. Jeannerat, H. Clouzot, Miniatures and Enamels from the D. David-Weill Collection, Paris, 1957, pp. 270-271, no. 168;
G.N. Komelova, Avgustin Ritt - Russian Miniaturist, St Petersburg, 2004, p. 166, no. 133, illust.

Catalogue Note

The sitter wears a blue uniform with red facings and the badge of the Order of St. Vladimir. Compared to the freer handling that is usually associated with Ritt, here the artist has delineated the face in a more precise manner. Furthermore, for the uniform, he has used more bodycolour, thereby completely obscuring the ivory ground.

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