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Johann Heinrich Schroeder "Prussian senior officer and his wife", two pastels, 1808/10 7900 EUR
Johann Heinrich Schroeder "Prussian senior officer and his wife", two pastels, 1808/10
Our permanent advisor, well-known military historian and author of the numerous publications on Prussian military uniforms, Mr. Stanislav Lyulin, informed us that the sitter in the "husband's" portrait (we are dealing here with a pair of portraits of a married couple) was a senior officer (major? lieutenant colonel? colonel?) of the Prussian army. Moreover, Mr. Lyulin says the sitter's uniform (it corresponds to regulation of 1808-1812) is that of an officer ascribed to infantry, yet, in reality, serving in King's retinue.
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.
Provenance: German private collection
Creation Year: 1808/10
Measurements: UNFRAMED:30,0x25,0cm/11,8x9,8in FRAMED: 39,0x34,0cm/15,4x13,4in
Object Type: Framed pastels
Style: Old Master paintings
Technique: both: pastel on vellum, mounted onto stretcher by the artist
Inscription: verso of the husband's portrait is indistinctly inscribed (sitter's name?)
Creator: Johann Heinrich Schroeder
Creator Dates: 1757 Meiningen-1812 Meiningen
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