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Augustin Ritt
ST PETERSBURG 1765 - 1799
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, CALLED PRINCESS TATIANA IVANOVNA GAGARINA (1761-1800)
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame;
signed left: Ritt
9 by 7.5 cm.; 3 1/2 by 2 15/16 in.
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Provenance

Prince Georg Gagarin, by 1909;
David David-Weill (1871-1952), inv. no. 786;
with Wildenstein, Paris;
Sir Charles Clore (1905-1979), London;
his executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1986, lot 55

Exhibited

London, Garrard, An Exhibition of Important 18th Century & Early 19th Century Miniatures and Enamels, 1961, lot 160;
Vienna, Albertina, Meisterwerke de europäischen Miniaturmalerei von 1750 bis 1850, 1965, no. 215

Literature

N.N. Wrangel, Miniatiura w Rossii, St Petersburg, 1909, p. 30, illust.;
L. Gillet, C. Jeannerat, H. Clouzot, Miniatures and Enamels from the D. David-Weill Collection, Paris, 1957, pp. 260-261, no. 160, illust.;
G.N. Komelova, Augustin Ritt - Russian Miniaturist, St Petersburg, 2004, p. 156, no. 87, p. 157, illust.

Catalogue Note

The sitter, born Tatiana Ivanovna Plestchev, was the wife of Prince Pavel Sergeievich Gagarine (1747-1789), Commander of the Moscow Kremlin. Their son Prince Pavel Pavlovich (1789-1872) was a prominent statement during the reign of Nicholas I.  

Ritt recorded this portrait in his sitter's book for the years 1792-99, under no. 77 'La Princesse Gagarin de Moscau' (1793). He painted a second portrait of the Princess two years later, listed as no. 156 'La Psse Gagarin, tenant un petit chien.'

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