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Peter Eduard Stroely "Young noblewoman (Royalty?)", artist's earliest known miniature!, 1780s
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The artist - Peter Eduard Stroely - signed this miniature "P.H. Stroehling", which happens to be a rare occasion, given his (otherwise preferred) "P.E. Stroehling" or "Stroehling". This particular use of signature can be explained by the fact that his birth-name (for his full baptismal name, see our image nr.9) was Peter Eduard Heinrich Burchard Stroely, Stroehling. Similarly, one finds the same signature (i.e. with "P.H.") in his 1789 oil painting (also, one of his earliest works; now in Reiß-Museum, Mannheim) showing a group of members of the family of innkeeper Johann Georg Rennen - "P.H.L. Stroehling inv. et pinxit 1789" .
Whatever the case may be, the lettering style of the signature "Stroehling" (as in our case - see our image nr.5) is identical with that of "Stroehling" from his 1792 miniature (previously in our possession, it is now housed in Collection Nart, Moscow - see our images nr.10-11).
According to recent publications of Russian art historian, Dr. Lyubov Pulikova, Peter Eduard Stroely (Straely, Stroehling, Stroelling) was born in autumn of 1766 in Dusseldorf into the family of Johann Burhard Stroely and Marie Gertrude Bliessem (a note of the baptism of the newborn Peter Eduard Heinrich Burhard Stroely (Stroehling) was made on 28 October 1766).
The artist's father was a member of the "Malerzunft" (artist guild) and was active as an artist making monumental decorations. Peter Eduard, probably, began his art education in the native Dusseldorf (in the local drawing school, which became an Academy of Fine Arts in 1777) or he even visited Italy or England for study.
In any case, in the 1780s he already worked in Germany as itinerant miniaturist; we meet him in Mannheim and Mainz in 1789, in Frankfurt in 1791/92, and in Berlin 1792. In late 1792 he came to Naples to work at the court (some historians believe he worked also in Rome at that time). In late 1793 (or first half of 1794) the artist came to Vienna where he mainly worked for the Royal House and high aristocracy.
Approximately in late February - beginning of March 1797 Stroely came to St. Petersburg where he stayed until March 1802. And again, among his clients were only members of the Russian Royal Family and high aristocrats.
From Russia he came to Berlin, where for a few months he worked for the Prussian royalties, and in 1803 finally settled in England, where he stayed until his death after 1828.
Works of his are to see in most important museums in Germany, Russia, Great Britain etc.
CLICK HERE FOR OTHER WORKS OF THIS ARTIST IN OUR POSSESSION
1) Collection of Elisabeth ("Lilli") Baitz, nee Schreiber (1874 Bad Aussee, Styria / Austria - 1942 Ibid.), who was a Jewish applied artist and owner (together with her husband Roman Baitz) of the company "L.&R. Baitz" in Bad Aussee
2) Elisabeth Baitz' son, Leo Baitz, Romania
3) Slovakian auction house "SOGA", Bratislava, June 20, 2006, lot 75
4) Private collection, Germany
5) Antique trade, Germany (acquired in April 2019)
Condition: good; in late-19th-century brass frame in Neoclassical style
Creation Year: 1780s
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,3x6,1cm/2,9x2,4in FRAMED: 9,8x6,3cm/3,9x2,5in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (oval)
Inscription: signed: "P.H. Stroehling"
Creator: Peter Eduard Stroely
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Creator Dates: 1766 Dusseldorf-after 1828 London
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