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Joh. Heinrich Schroeder "Portrait of Christine Henriette von Mueller-Lengsfeld", fine pastel, ca. 1795

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Offered here is a high quality pastel portrait of a young lady, who is dressed and hairstyled according to fashion of the mid-1790s. An old, authentic legend on verso of provides the sitter's name (see our image nr.6), hence we learn that we are dealing with portrait of then ca 20-year-old (then - still unmarried) Christine Henriette Freiin (daughter of a baron) von Mueller zu Lengsfeld (1775-1817). She was the daughter of Albrecht Friedrich, Reichsfreiherr (Baron of the Holy Roman Empire) von Mueller zu Lengsfeld, privy councillor in the Kingdom of Prussia. On May 21, 1798 (i.e. about three years after the portrait's completion), she married 19 years her senior Prussian Hauptmann (captain) Karl Ludwig, Graff (Count) Goerz von Schlitz (1756-1805). The couple later had a son, who died prematurely at a young age.
After the death of her husband, Christine Henriette (now - the widowed Countess von Schlitz-Goertz) remarried to 5 years her junior chamberlain of both the Holy Roman Empire and the Grand Duchy Hesse, Graf (Count) August Friedrich Georg Emanuel von Rohde (1780-1846). She died on May 26, 1817. Her second husband also remarried after her death.

A comparison with OTHER WORKS OF THIS ARTIST IN OUR POSSESSION, as well as numerous others available the Web, serves as convincing evidence that we are dealing here with yet another work of Germany's best, late-18th-century pastelist, Johann Heinrich Schroeder.

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.

Provenance: private collection, Switzerland

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Condition: good

Creation Year: ca 1795

Measurements: UNFRAMED:27,5x22,5cm/10,8x8,9in FRAMED: 39,0x34,2cm/15,4x13,5in

Object Type: Framed pastel

Style: Old Master drawings

Technique: pastel on vellum (painted in oval on a rectangular sheet and mounted on stretcher by the artist)

Inscription: verso: old legend

Creator: Johann Heinrich Schroeder
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1757 Meiningen-1812 Meiningen

Nationality: German


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