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August Grahl (1791-1868)-Attrib. "Portrait of a noble lady (Royalty?)", large miniature, 1850/60s
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This large miniature portrait depicting a relative young aristocratic (royalty?) lady is in our opinion a typical work of well-known German, 19th-century miniaturist August Grahl (for comparison, see our web # 26850, as well as our images nr.8-9).
August Grahl (1791 Proppentin/Mecklenburg - 1868 Dresden) was one of the most important European miniaturists and the best German miniaturist of the 19th century. He studied from 1811 at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, took part in 1813 as a "Black Hussar" in the battles of the Napoleonic war (came back home as an officer) and in 1816 received his first commission to copy a portrait of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III after a painting by Gerard.
In 1817-1818 Grahl travelled in Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan), in 1821 (after the death of his first wife) went to Vienna and then again to Italy: Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome. He stayed in Rome until 1830 and lived there together with his friend Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld in Palazzo Caffarelli as a guest of the German ambassador von Bunsen. In 1830 he came back to Berlin and in 1831 went to England. In Windsor the artist portrayed Queen Adelaide and many members of the court society. From 1832 he was again in Berlin and in 1835 settled in Dresden where he lived until his death.
According to Lemberger, Grahl´s miniatures can be divided into three groups:
1) originals, which came into possession of the sitters
2) replicas, which he painted for himself and kept
3) sketches in which only the head was painted.
After his stay in England (1831), the artist followed a contemporary trend there and used very large ivory plates adding a piece of wood or pasteboard to the edges of the plate (in size up to 40 by 40 cm / 15.7 by 15.7 inches !!).
Works by Grahl can be seen in the museums of Dresden, Karlsruhe and Nantes and in many important high noble collections. Among his sitters were such famous personage as Tsarina Maria Fedorovna of Russia, Countess Potocka, Poniatowski, Architect Schinkel, Queen Pauline of Wuerttemberg, Laetitia Bonaparte, Louis Bonaparte, Queen Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen Christine of Spain, Felix Mendelssohn, etc.
Provenance: English private collection
Condition: good; in original English box frame
Creation Year: 1850/60s
Measurements: UNFRAMED:15,0x11,0cm/5,9x4,3in FRAMED: 30,4x26,2cm/12,0x10,3in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: August Grahl
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Creator Dates: 1791 Proppentin-1868 Dresden
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