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Moritz Kellerhoven "Count v. Rumford and his second wife", two rediscovered miniatures!!, 1792/95

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Acquired in early 2011 from Hamburg private collection this pair of miniature portraits of a high-ranking military officer with blue sash and embroidered breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle and of his wife turned out to be very importrant works of well known Munich portrait painter (also miniaturist - see our image nr.19) of late 18th - early 19th century Moritz Kellerhoven. And the sitters are respectively the famous Anglo-American physicist and inventor, General in Bavarian service, Sir Benjamin Thompson (in Germany raised to Reichsgraf (Count of Holy Roman Empire) von Rumford (1753-1814) and his second wife Marie-Anne, widow of French chemist Antoine Lavoisier. Count Rumford's portrait by Kellerhoven was till today visually known only through two engravings (see our images nr.10-11) and an oil painting in London National Gallery (image nr.12; it is a copy after one of these prints (the copyist surely painted it on base of a black-and-white print - he shows the sash of Polish order as red instead blue!)).
Thanks to year 1792 on one of these two prints we can definetely date this miniature.
But what is with the second miniature, the portrait of Rumford's wife? Count's bigraphers say he married Lavoisier's widow in 1804, and "our" woman (see her dress and hairstyle!) looks for ca.1795 (see also our image nr.16 showing her 7-8 years junior). This dilemma has only one decision: Count von Rumford and Lavoisier's widow became companions (being still unmarried) shortly after Lavoisier's death in 1794!

Both mentioned prints, equally as the National Gallery copy, refer to Moritz Kellerhoven as author of original Rumford's portrait. And in reality - Thieme Becker mentions Kellerhoven's portrait of Count von Rumford (not mentioning its technique - see image nr.17) as belonging (in early 20th century! Thieme-Becker was first edited in 1907-1920) to collection of Kurzpfälzisches Museum in Heidelberg. Is this painting still to see in museum? Is (was) it oil portrait or also a miniature? The question remains open...Anyway we are dealing here with two rare works of Moritz Kellerhoven. And one of these two works is an extremely important portrait of famous Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford! Our images nr.13-15 provide his extensive biography from Wikipedia.

Moritz Kellerhoven (1758 Altenrath, Duchy Berg - 1830 Munich) lost his father at a very early age and, still as a little boy, came to Dusseldorf to live in the house of his uncle who was a priest in this city. From the age of 17 he attended the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, where his teacher was Lambert Krahl. He continued his studies in Antwerp, London and Paris. In 1779 he moved to Vienna and in 1782 to Italy. Kellerhoven became a very popular church painter, and Elector Karl Theodor invited him to work as a court artist in Munich.
In 1808 he became the first professor of the newly founded Munich Academy of Fine Arts and remained in this function until his death. A church painter in his early period, he later became one of the most important Bavarian portraitists enjoying a wealthy clientele: royalties, aristocrats, etc. His most known works is a life-size portrait of King Max I Joseph of Bavaria.

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Condition: fairly good; both are laid on joint velvet mount and set into a frame of 1st half of 19th century

Creation Year: 1792/95

Measurements: UNFRAMED:11,7x9,7cm/4,6x3,8in FRAMED: 25,0x30,0cm/9,8x11,8in

Object Type: Framed miniatures

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: both: watercolor on ivory

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Creator: Moritz Kellerhoven
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1758 Altenrath-1830 Munich

Nationality: German


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