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Anthelme François Lagrenée "Junior officer of the French Royal Guard Infantry", miniature, 1816 (?)

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Our comparison images nr.9-11 demonstrate that this superb quality miniature on ivory is an indisputabe, authentic work of well-known French, early-19th-century miniaturist Anthelme François Lagrenée. In this portrait, the depicted junior officer (a lieutenant or possibly even a captain) of one of the infantry regiments of "garde royale" (Royal Guards) wears the type of uniform, which was originally introduced in France in the early period of Bourbon Restoration (the appearance of these uniforms was first altered after the July Revolution of 1830). Despite his relatively young age, he gives the impression of a man with solid combat experience: note his Chevalier Cross of the Legion of Honor (he was probably presented with it still during the Napoleonic epoch).
As we will learn from Lagrenée's biography (see below), the latter moved to Russia in 1817 and returned to France in 1827, where he then lived until his death in 1832. That said, one could suggest that this miniature was executed either in 1816 (the sitter uniform's new regulation) or sometime between 1827 and 1830 (although, based on the portrayed man's hairstyle, we believe this portrait was painted rather in 1816).

Anthelme Francois Lagrenée was born in Paris in 1774 as a son of French painter Louis-Francois Lagrenée. He was a pupil of his father and later - of Vincent. He exhibited at the Parisian Salon from 1799 to 1831. During the revolution Lagrenée served in the French army, where he meticulously studied the anatomy of horses, thus becoming a very fine horse-draughtsman. He was also a very good portraitist (mainly miniaturist); was also very well known as a good imitator of antique cameos. In 1817-1825 the artist lived and worked in St. Petersburg where he had a great success and did portraits of numerous members of aristocracy, as well as of the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. As a portraitist (as already mentioned) Lagrenée painted chiefly miniatures on ivory and watercolour portraits (sic!), but known are his historical and animalistic paintings in oils. Schidlof writes: "Lagrenée was an excellent miniaturist whose works show a certain influence on Isabey, but his "pointille" is finer in the faces than with the pupils of latter". Miniatures and watercolour portraits of this artist belong to collections of Louvre (Paris), Hermitage and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Tretyakov Gallery and Historical Museum (Moscow), etc., etc.

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Condition: good; in magnificent frame made of gold and inlaid with turquoises (formerly - part of a bracelet)

Creation Year: 1816?

Measurements: UNFRAMED:3,9x3,2cm/1,5x1,3in FRAMED: 5,5x4,8cm/2,2x1,9in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

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Creator: Anthelme Francois Lagrenée
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Creator Dates: 1774 Paris-1832 Paris

Nationality: French

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