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Ferdinand de Meys-Attrib. "Kiev General Governor A. A. Bekleshov", published by Grand Duke!!, 1798/99
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Formerly housed in the most significant Russian collection of portrait miniatures - collection of Grand Duke Nikolai Michailovich Romanov (see our image nr.10) - this miniature over one hundred years long was thought to be the only known portrait of important Russian diplomat from the reign of Catherine the Great, Ivan Matveevich Simolin (1720/21-1799). After Romanov Collection was scattered during the Revolution and the Civil War, this miniature portrait was brought to France by either the Grand Duke's relatives, or by the courtiers, who fled from Bolshevist Russia. Suddenly it has resurfaced at the auction house "Issaly & Pichon" (Cannes / South France; sale on June 25th 2010, lot 21). There, after a lengthy "battle" via telephone bidding, we acquired it for the amount 15 times higher than its original starting price.
Thanks to publication in the catalogue of Grand Duke Nikolai Michailovich' Collection (recently re-published in facsimile), this portrait became widely known. In fact, virtually all web engines return this image as result of searches concerning the sitter, I. M. Simolin (for example, see our images nr.10-12).
Nevertheless, in recently published in Moscow 3rd issue of "Russian Portraits of XVIII-early XIX c. /Materials on Iconography" we unexpectedly discovered (see our image nr.13) a new attribution concerning this small portrait. Author of this attribution, currently the best specialist in Russian military portraits, Dr. Alexander Kibovskyi absolutely convincingly proves that the sitter is not I. M. Simolin, but General Governor (in 1798-1799) of Kiev and whole Malorossia (Ukraine), General Alexander Andreevich Bekleshov (1745-1808). The latter is depicted in the uniform of Kievski Grenadier Regiment (from 24 October 1798 to 7 June 1799 he was a chief (proprietor) of this regiment), bearing Russian Order of Alexander Nevsky (red sash and upper breast star) and Russian Order of St.Vladimir of 2nd class (neck cross and lower breast star).
Besides that Dr. Kibovskyi refers to another representations of Bekleshov (see our images nr.14-15), demonstrating each convincing resemblance with sitter of our miniature portrait.
It is interesting to mention that Grand Duke Romanov included into his (published in 1909) famous album another miniature portrait of A. A. Bekleshov (see our image nr.16), ignoring the evident resemblance of its sitter with "Simolin".
For extensive biography of A. A. Bekleshov CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE
With a very great possibility this miniature is work of staying in late 1790s in St.Petersburg artist Ferdinand de Meys.
Ferdinand de Meys was probably born in the County Hennegau (area around contemporary Belgian-French border). From ca. 1783 until 1805 (with interruptions for trips to Paris and London) he lived in Russia working as a graphic artist and portrait miniaturist. He died not earlier as 1810. Miniatures by him are to see in various museums of Russia (Hermitage, Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, etc.).
Creation Year: 1798/1799
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,5x6,5cm/3,3x2,6in FRAMED: 9,6x7,4cm/3,8x2,9in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Ferdinand de Meys
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Creator Dates: geb. County Hennegau-died after 1810
Nationality: Belgian / Russian
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