Sale, Geneva, Christie's, 19 November 1980, lot 147 (part of lot); with Edwin Bucher, Trogen, by 1981
The sitter was born in St Petersburg, the tenth child and fourth son of Emperor Paul I and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. In 1824 he married his cousin, Princess Charlotte of Württemberg (1807-1873) and they went on to have five daughters. The family lived at the Mikhailovsky Palace which stands on the Moika River, and is now home to the State Russian Museum.
Minor damage around margins with some parts retouched, most evident in sky areas. In the background around his true left shoulder a mark has been partly reduced. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."