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Pietro de Rossi
ST PETERSBURG 1761 - 1831
PORTRAIT OF COUNT ALEXEI FYODOROVICH ORLOV, LATER PRINCE ORLOV (1786-1861)
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame;
signed and dated lower right: P. de Rossi f: 1826
9.8 by 8.3 cm.; 3 7/8 by 3 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 7 May 1982, lot 355

Catalogue Note

The Count wears the Prussian order of Pour le Merite and the Iron Cross and the Russian orders of St. George and St Vladimir.

Alexei Feodorovich Orlov, and illegitimate son of Feodor Grigorievich Orlov (1741-1796) was made noble by Imperial Oukaz in 1796. He pursued a military career and was wounded at the battle of Borodino (7 September 1812), the deadliest day of the Napoleonic wars. In 1813 he was appointed aide-de-camp of Grand-Duke Nicholas Pavlovich and three years later, in 1817, he was made aide-de-camp to Emperor Alexander I. He was created a Count the day after the repression of the Decembrist Revolt of 1825. The following year he married Olga, daughter of Alexander Alexandrovich Jerebtzov. He was made a Prince by Imperial Oukaz in 1856.


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