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Attributed to Alexander Ivanovich Sauerweid

Alexander I and his Coachman Ilya Baikov

No reserve

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Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

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11

Attributed to Alexander Ivanovich Sauerweid

Attributed to Alexander Ivanovich Sauerweid

Alexander I and his Coachman Ilya Baikov

Alexander I and his Coachman Ilya Baikov

No reserve

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,292

GBP

Alexander Ivanovich Sauerweid

1783 - 1844

Alexander I and his Coachman Ilya Baikov


oil on canvas

Canvas: 46 by 76.5cm, 18 by 30in.

Framed: 67 by 96.5cm, 26½ by 38in.


The canvas has been lined and the tacking edges have been taped over with brown paper. The canvas is rippling over the left and lower stretcher bars. There is craquelure and paint shrinkage throughout. There are scattered losses to the sky. A scuff to the paint layer is visible between the figures of the Tsar and his coachman. Inspection under UV light reveals areas of retouching to the sky, along the edges, to the tops of the trees as well as scattered retouching elsewhere although the thick discoloured varnish layer prevents a more conclusive analysis. Framed.


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Collection of Johnny Stuart, London

Ilya Baikov was Alexander I's favourite coachman and constant companion, even accompanying the Emperor on State visits abroad. Of legendary strength, the bearded countenance of this well-known and much-loved figure has been immortalised in a number of portraits and he makes a brief appearance in Tolstoy's great novel War and Peace. Baikov had eight children with his second wife, one of whom, Fedor, a favourite of the sons of Nicholas I, Alexander I's younger brother and successor, would go on to attend the Imperial Academy of Arts and become a respected military artist himself.


Another version of this composition was sold at Sotheby's London, The Russian Sale, 19 December 1996, lot 87.