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Johann Heinrich Schroeder "Portrait of Louise Charlotte Friederike Boehmer", pastel, 1795/98

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According to the hairstyle of the depicted lady, this superior quality pastel portrait was executed between 1795-1798 (1798 being the year of the sitter's marriage).
This portrait is another addition to our collection of works by Germany's best, late-18th-century pastelist Johann Heinrich Schroeder (CLICK HERE FOR OTHER WORKS OF THIS ARTIST IN OUR POSSESSION), who was in the mentioned period (1795-1798) a court artist in Berlin. Moreover, it is the artist's own replica of his pastel included and illustrated in Neil Jeffares' "Dictionary of pastelists before 1800" (see our image nr.7). The two versions differ from one another only by an orange streak of paint on the sitter's stole (while clearly detectible in the portrait from Neil Jeffares' book, this single brushstroke is absent in "our" portrait).
The name of the depicted lady is offered in legend on verso of this portrait: it is Louise Charlotte Friederike Boehmer, nee Rudloff. She was born on July 28, 1778 as daughter of Prussian Royal Court Councilor Rudloff. On October 22, 1778, she married an attorney (and later - a high-ranking official in Schleswig-Holstein) by the name Johann Georg Boehmer (d. 1821). The date of her own death remains unknown.

The best German pastelist of the late 18th century Johann Heinrich Schroeder (Schröder) was born in 1757 in Meiningen, Thuringia (which was then residence town of Duchy Saxe-Meiningen). His early work shows the influence of Johann Philipp Bach who may also have taught him. However, by 1778 he had become a pupil of J.H.Tischbein in Kassel where he exhibited two works at "Junge Maler" in the Academy show in 1780: one pastel portrait, the other a Cleopatra after Titian (medium unspecified). He travelled to Hanover (ca. 1780-84), Brunswick (court artist 1785), Frankfurt, Mannheim, Dresden (1786), Kassel (1787, returning in 1804), Berlin (1789-1792 and 1793-1806). His first trip to Berlin was mentioned in a letter from January 1789 of Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel to her sister-in-law, Elisabeth Christine, Queen of Prussia.
From 1792-1793 Schroeder was in London, following the marriage of the Prussian Princess Friederike with the Duke of York; there he portrayed the Royal Family and exhibited three portraits of unnamed sitters at the Royal Academy. Returning to Germany via The Netherlands, he made a portrait of Queen Luise of Prussia which was widely copied. He was in Brunswick in 1801 before settling in his home town Meiningen after 1806. There were further trips to Bad Pyrmont (1806) and Karlsruhe (1810-1811). He also executed a series of portraits of the Baden Royal Family in the 1800s.
He died in his native town Meiningen in 1812.

Copy after this portrait, executed by Christian Ahrbeck in technique of miniature painting on ivory (signed and dated 1799) is on display in Museum of Celle, Germany (as a part of famous Collection Tansey; see our image nr.9).

Provenance: auction house "Kastern", Hanover, May 27, 2017, Lot 362


Condition: fairly good

Creation Year: 1795/98

Measurements:UNFRAMED:32,0x26,5cm/12,6x10,4in FRAMED: 46,5x41,2cm/18,3x16,2in

Object Type:Framed pastel

Style: Old Master drawings

Technique: pastel on vellum, mounted onto stretcher by the artist


Creator: Johann Heinrich Schroeder

Creator Dates: 1757 Meiningen-1812 Meiningen


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