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Henri Benner
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER I, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA (1777-1825), CIRCA 1821
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Henri Benner
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER I, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA (1777-1825), CIRCA 1821
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Henri Benner
MULHOUSE 1776 - 1829 ST PETERSBURG ?
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER I, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA (1777-1825), CIRCA 1821
Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, laid on metal, gilt-metal frame;
inscribed verso in cyrillic: 17 Alexander I 
14 by 10.2 cm.; 5 1/2 by 4 1/8 in.
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Provenance

Sale, Geneva, Christie's, 19 November 1980, lot 148 (one of two);
with Edwin Bucher, Trogen, by 1981

Catalogue Note

Henry Benner trained under Jean-Baptiste Isabey in Paris before emigrating to Russia. He held the position of Court painter to Emperor Alexander I in St Petersburg from 1817 to 1828. He achieved considerable notoriety, but the failure of his publication of engraved miniature portraits depicting the Russian nobility left him in financial ruin.

This and the following five lots have red leather labels affixed to the reserve stamped in gold with the identification of the sitters. Of this group only one is dated (1821), that of Elisaveta Alekseevna, Empress of Russia (lot 321). Each work is numbered and mounted in identical frames, suggesting they are part of a large set. As the portrait of Grand Duke Nicholas Pavlovich (lot 325) is labelled Nikoli I this indicates that the labels were applied after he became Emperor in 1826.

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