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Wilhelm Ternite "General Moreau on his deathbed", RARITY!!, Bernard-Franck Collection, 1813
Price: 2000 EUR
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The preparatory drawing (painted from nature on September 2, 1813) for the extremely rare miniature on vellum, which is offered here, is housed in the collection of St. Petersburg State Hermitage (see our image nr.6). In 1813, its author (and respectively the author of "our" miniature), Berlin artist Wilhelm Ternite was (as a Prussian Army officer) present on the battlefields of the Saxonian campaign of 1813 (anti-Napoleonic "Liberation" War). Ternite, who was a military artist, attached to the allies' headquarters, was also present at the deathbed of famous French general (once Napoleon's associate and later his enemy), military councilor of Tsar Alexander I, Jean-Victor Moreau (1763-1813; CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE). The latter was terminally wounded in the Battle of Dresden (26-27 August 1813) and died of incurable wounds on September 2, 1813 (Ternite, as already mentioned, was present at Moreau's deathbed and documented his passing from nature (the Hermitage drawing)).
Friedrich Wilhelm Ternite (1786 Neustrelitz - 1871 Potsdam) was a Prussian portrait painter, miniaturist and lithographer. In Berlin, he served as a court painter and inspector of the Royal Art Gallery.
As early as 1803, he took drawing lessons at the Prussian Academy of Arts with Friedrich Georg Weitsch. After 1810, he received financial support from King Friedrich Wilhelm III and became the King's portrait painter.
In the German Campaign of 1813 (anti-Napoleonic "Liberation" War), he was a volunteer army officer and was among the Prussian troops that entered Paris in 1814. On the recommendation of K. A. von Hardenberg, the King commissioned him to head the unit charged with recovering art treasures that had been looted from Germany during the French occupation. He was also part of the group authorized to acquire 158 paintings from the "Giustiniani Collection" at the Louvre. These, together with the recovered works, became the basis for the Royal Art Gallery (now part of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin).
With the King's support, Ternite remained in Paris until 1823, continuing his artistic education in the workshops of Jacques-Louis David and Antoine-Jean Gros. He also produced illustrations for "Mariä Krönung und die Wunder des heiligen Dominicus" by August Wilhelm Schlegel and made several copies of works by Raphael.
Upon returning to Germany, he made the acquaintance of Count Gustav Adolf Wilhelm von Ingenheim, a collector of early Italian art, and accompanied him to Rome. There, he discovered some previously unknown frescoes by Andrea Mantegna. He later visited Naples and made drawings of the ruins at Herculaneum and Pompeii. These were published at the urging of the Archaeologist, Karl August Böttiger, although the interest in Greek and Roman art was diminishing at the time they appeared.
In 1826, he went back to work as a portrait painter for the Royal Family and became a member of the Berlin Art Society. Shortly after, he was appointed "Master of the Royal Works of Art" (inspector of the Royal Collection); a position he held until his retirement in 1864. In 1860, he was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle.
Provenance: famous Parisian collection Bernard-Franck
*Bernard-Franck was a veteran of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, who later in life became a wealthy manufacturer of military equipment. He had a very important collection of paintings and works of art from the Napoleonic Epoch (see our last image).
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1813
Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,2x5,8cm/2,0x2,3in FRAMED: 5,7x6,3cm/2,2x2,5in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on vellum
Creator: Friedrich Wilhelm Ternite
Creator Dates: 1786 Neustrelitz-1871 Potsdam
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