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Christoph Haller v. Hallerstein "Military surgeon J.B. Fachon (Duchy of Baden)" miniature, ca.1814/15
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This work is executed in the (typical for the artist) technique of silverpoint drawing on prepared card. It is - as we strongly believe - a work of Bavarian artist, Baron Christoph Haller von Hallerstein (CLICK HERE FOR OTHER WORKS OF THIS ARTIST IN OUR POSSESSION), who was living in the same area as the depicted man (Nuremberg and Karlsruhe are separated by only 250 km).
It is a portrait of military surgeon Johann Baptist Fachon (some sources name him Fanchon or Fanschon). A graduate of the medical faculty of Heidelberg University, during the Napoleonic War, Fachon served in the army of Duchy Baden. He was the first surgeon of the 1st "Feldartillerie-Regiment"; later, he became the "Oberchirurg" (chief-surgeon) of an artillery brigade. He retired from the army in 1840.
The third cross from the left on the sitter's chest is that of the Russian Order of St. Vladimir of the 4th Class. This award was presented to numerous officers of the allied armies fighting in anti-Napoleonic campaigns of 1813-1815. It is known that the Army of Baden joined this coalition only after the Battle of Leipzig (October 1813) and that its participation in combat began in the early 1814. Clearly, this is when "our" sitter distinguished himself and was subsequently awarded the Order of St. Vladimir. This detail offers the lower time range of this miniature's execution. Further, the sitter's hair-style suggests that the portrait was executed not later than 1815.
Baron Christoph Haller von Hallerstein (1771 Hilpoltstein near Nuremberg - 1839 Nuremberg) devoted himself after studying law to painting, which he studied in Stuttgart. He started with landscape, but soon painted mainly miniatures, made silver point drawings and was an etcher. In 1799 he worked in Dresden where he was on friendly terms with Graff and Grassi. In the following year (sic!) he came to Berlin and after 1806 to Nurnberg. The Berliner years were for the artist especially prolific. He was drawing teacher of the Prussian Crown Prince (later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV), teacher of etching for Prince Anton Heinrich Radziwill and the young Clemens von Metternich, later Prince and Austrian Cancellor. The artist portrayed during these years the whole Prussian royal family. In 1812 he lived for a few months in Paris, but otherwise continuously until his death in Nurnberg.
Works by Haller von Hallerstein belonged to the greatest high noble collections, among them collections of Grand Duke of Hessen, Duke of Cumberland and others. They can also be found in museums of Nurnberg, Dresden, Berlin, Bamberg, etc.
Provenance: German private collection
Creation Year: 1814/15
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,5x7,1cm/3,3x2,8in FRAMED: 14,8x13,3cm/5,8x5,2in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: silver point and scratching technique on prepared card
Inscription: old inscription on verso: Joh. Bapt. Fachon /Karlsruhe
Creator: Baron Christoph Haller von Hallerstein
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Creator Dates: 1771 Hilpoltstein-1839 Nuremberg
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