Nicolas Soret was born in Geneva and was apprenticed to a clockmaker. After time spent in England and Ireland, he travelled to St Petersburg in 1785 and was to remain there, attached to Catherine’s court, until he returned to Switzerland in 1800.
This enamel portrait is dated 1793 and it appears that Soret used Johann-Baptist Lampi’s portrait of Stroganoff as a starting point.1 There are subtle differences between the painting and this miniature, for instance, in the oil the Count is depicted wearing the star of the Order of St Andrew, whereas in the enamel he wears only the ribbon.
1. Lampi’s portrait also dates to 1793 and is now in the collection of the State Art Gallery, Perm.
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