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Christina Robertson (1796-1854) "Portrait of a lady", important large miniature, 1823

6500  EUR
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Signed and dated "C. Robertson pinx. 1823" (year of her marriage to James Robertson; until 1823, she signed her works with her maiden name), this wonderful large miniature is a work of well-known British (later Russian) female artist Mrs. Christina Robertson.
The name of the young woman, who happens to be the sitter in this large portrait miniature (presumably, one of London aristocrats) was surely listed by its author - British watercolor artist Christina Robertson - in her account book. In this book, she kept year-by-year records (among others, the year 1823; "our" miniature on ivory is signed and dated 1823) of all of her sitters. For important article in Russian including her catalogue raisonée, CLICK HERE.

Mrs Christina Robertson, nee Saunders, was born in Kinghorn in Fife in 1796. She is thought to have been both trained by her uncle, portrait painter George Sa(u)nders and launched into her career based at his house in London. Sanders was a successful portraitist, and she rapidly established a flow of commissions initially from Scottish patrons for her miniatures but later for oil and watercolor paintings. By 1823, she was married to James Robertson and exhibiting at the Royal Academy, and by 1828, she had her own studio. The following year she became the first honorary woman member of the Royal Scottish Academy.
During the 1830s she was travelling away from her artist husband and her own children. She worked in Paris in the mid-1830s and she was tempted to St Petersburg. There would have been more commissions than normal to replace the paintings lost in the fire that destroyed the Winter Palace in 1837.
Christina Robertson remained in Russia until 1841. In that (1841) year, in St. Petersburg, she received the rank of Honorary Associate of the Imperial Academy. In the late 1841, she went back to London and remained there until 1847. In the late 1840s, she returned to Russia, and mainly worked in St. Petersburg, where she had her own studio at the Winter Palace. In 1843, she again went back to England, but soon thereafter reappeared in St. Petersburg, where she then remained for the rest of her life. She passed away in this city on April 30, 1854.
In her "Russian" years, Mrs Robertson made a great quantity of portraits of Russian royalties and aristocrats (CLICK HERE; also, see our additional images).

Provenance: English antique trade

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Condition: good; still in its original leather-bound traveling case

Creation Year: 1823

Measurements: UNFRAMED:13,0x10,5cm/5,1x4,1in FRAMED: 17,7x15,0cm/7,0x5,9in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: case: wood and leather velour, ormolu; miniature: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: signed and dated "C. Robertson pinx-t 1823"

Creator: Christina Robertson
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1796 Kinghorn in Fife-1854 St. Petersburg

Nationality: English / British / Scottish / Russian

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