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# 40836

Joseph Sonntag "Freidrich Wilhelm, Duke of Brunswick-Oels ("The Black Duke)" important miniature, 1809

Price: 5500  EUR

(please note additional 13% tax applies for transactions concluded within the European Union)

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Until today, this miniature portrait of the famous Napoleonic Wars' warlord, Friedrich Wilhelm Duke of Brunswick (Braunschweig)-Oels (called "The Black Duke"; 1771-1815; CLICK HERE), was only known through its reproduction - widely circulating (published by various publishing houses) copper engraving by Dresden artist Gottlieb Wilhelm Hüllmann (1756-1828). One of this engraving's impressions is housed in the collection of the Berlin Archive of Art and History (see our image nr.8). In the archive's catalogue, it is accompanied by a notice "nach früheren Bildnis" (English: after an earlier portrait). The miniature, which is presented here, happens to be exactly this "earlier portrait": it was by chance acquired from a private Viennese collector. It is an early work of well-known miniaturist and watercolor artist Joseph Sonntag. Moreover, it is known that both the artist and his sitter, Duke of Brunswick, stayed in Vienna in 1809. In fact, the Duke has arrived to Vienna in January of 1809, in order to cosign the "Convention of Vienna" with the Austrian Kaiser (Emperor). The "Convention of Vienna" was anticipated to ratify the alliance between the "Herzoglich Braunscheigisches Korps" (Duke's army) and the Austrian Army at the (planned in spring of the same (1809) year) war against Napoleon (Austria was defeated in this campaign of 1809). We are certain that this miniature was made exactly in those days of the early 1809.

Joseph Sonntag (1784 Dresden - 1834 Kraków, Poland) studied in Dresden under Friedrich Chr. Klass. From 1805 he lived in Vienna; around 1810 moved to Warsaw; from 1815 was back in Vienna; in 1825 settled in Kraków, where he was active until his death as a drawing teacher at the St. Barbara Lyceum. Works of this artist can be viewed in various museums across Europe.

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Condition: good; in 19th-century frame (never opened);
due to the (typical for this kind of miniatures) size of 6,5cm in diameter, it was likely set into the lid of a round box in prior days

Creation Year: 1809

Measurements:UNFRAMED:6,5x6,5cm/2,6x2,6in FRAMED: 14,5x13,6cm/5,7x5,4in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription:signed: J.Sonntag

Creator: Joseph Sonntag

Creator Dates: 1784 Dresden-1834 Kraków, Poland

Nationality:German / Polish

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