ILYA EFIMOVICH REPIN
Portrait of Anatoly Fedorovich Koni
signed in Cyrillic and dated 29 yanv. 97 t.r. and titled in Cyrillic in another hand along the bottom edge; further bearing an authentication by Vera Repina dated 1937 on the reverse
pencil on paper
33.5 by 24cm, 13¼ by 9½in.
The sheet has heavily discoloured. There are two small tears to the upper left edge, which have been repaired from behind with conservation tape. A faint diagonal crease is running across the sitter's forehead. The sheet is hinged to the mount along the top edge. Held in a simple wooden frame behind glass.
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Koni was a prominent judge and leading liberal figure in Russia. The present lot is a study for Repin's 1898 portrait of him.