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Franz Maschek-Attrib. "Ludwig von Rath, 2nd Rittmeister of the Austrian 1st Uhlan Regiment", 1832/37
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According to the authentic old legend on verso of this miniature, the name of the depicted Austrian Uhlan officer was Ludwig Edler (lowest rank of nobility) von Rath (1803-1866). The same legend names him a "Rittmeister of 2nd class" (cavalry rank between 1st Lieutenant and captain) of the Austrian 1st Uhlan Regiment ("Sachsen-Coburg").
The standard source for research of the Austrian military history of the 19th century - "Militär-Schematismus des österreichischen Kaiserthumes" - informs us that he was promoted into the rank of a 2nd Rittmeister in 1832, and into that of a 1st Rittmeister (captain) - in 1837. Hence, the exact period of this miniature's execution lies within the time range between 1832 and 1837.
Ludwig Edler von Rath was sent into retirement in 1843; in 1853, while in status of a "Rittmeister in Pensionstande" (English: "a "Rittmeister" in retirement") he was presented with a "Major-Charakter" award (likely as a common measure of pension increase). He died in Pressburg (Bratislava) on August 17, 1866.
We suspect that von Rath was a son of high-ranking Austrian official Matthias Edler von Rath (1761-1828) and younger brother of another high-ranking official - Johann Edler von Rath (1789-1853).
This very qualitative miniature strongly resembles works of well-known Bohemian (Czech) miniaturist (also, author of numerous miniature portraits of various Austrian cavalry officers), Franz Maschek, and could very well be the latter's authentic creation.
Frantisek Maschek (1790 Kuttenberg/Kutna Hora /Czech Republic - 1862 Leitmeritz / Litomeric / Czech Republic) was a pupil of the Academy of Prague, worked as a portrait miniaturist in Prague and (as Schidlof presumes) in Vienna. In 1846 he visited Paris where he got to know J.B. Isabey. His works can be found in the main Czech and Austrian public and private collections.
Provenance: private collection, USA
Creation Year: 1832/37
Measurements:UNFRAMED:9,5x7,8cm/3,7x3,1in FRAMED: 14,7x12,9cm/5,8x5,1in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription:verso: old legend
Creator: Frantisek (Franz) Maschek
Creator Dates: 1790 Kuttenberg-1862 Leitmeritz
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