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André Judlin (1742-1795) "Officer of Hussar Regiment "Colonel-General", important miniature!!, 1786/91

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Miniature portrait of a high-ranking officer from created in 1783 in France for the Duke of Chartres as a proprietor (regiment's owner) Hussar Regiment "Colonel-General". This unit became number one in the Hussar arm. Its squadrons were formed by taking one squadron from each of regiments already in existence. On 1st January 1791 this regiment was renamed into 5th Hussar Regiment (even later into 4th Hussar Regiment). According to the new regulation of 1786 regiment's uniform was following: pelisse - scarlet, dolman - Royal blue,...buttons-yellow, cord - yellow. Exactly our case!

In our portrait, the sitter (he is possibly the regiment's lieutenant-colonel (from 1784) Francois-Joseph Drouot, dit Lamarche, who became later Napoleonic general - see our image nr.16) bears the Cross of Royal (Anciene regime) Order of St. Louis. Inscription on verso written by the miniature's famous pre-owner, turn of the 20th-century French collector on Napoleonica, Bernard Franck (for latter's biography, see our image nr.15) correctly describes him as "Officer du Colonel-General Hussards", without mentioning his name.
Instead, it is offered by another, made earlier (i.e. before Bernard Franck acquired this miniature) inscription on the verso of paper mount, on which the ivory wafer is laid - "Lauzun /par Judler".
First of all: it is not the famous Armand Louis de Gontaut, Duc de Lauzun, the proprietor of the Hussar Regiment "Hussards de Lauzun". His known portraits show absolutely another man.
Besides that, the minaiture is signed not "Judler" but (clearly) "Judlin". It means that we are dealing here with an original work of very well known French miniaturist of the 2nd half of the 18th century, André Judlin.

While Schidlof refers to him as to "Alexis Judlin", naming town Thann in Alsace as his birthplace (see our image nr.12 on our web # 37406), the more accurate reference can be found in Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard's recently published dictionary of French miniaturists, where she says his real name was André-Melchior Kesler (also Kessler, Koessler) (see our image nr.15 on our web # 37406). He was baptized under this name in Guebwiller (not Thann, but also in Alsace) on 7th January 1742.
As a child he came with his parents to Thann (1749) and studied at the College de Cordeliers. After graduating from secondary school he came to Paris and specialized in portraits, miniatures and engravings. It was in this time that he began using the name "Judlin", under which remained indefinitely his artistic name.
From 1773 he lived in England where he made a spectacular career as miniaturist and, what's more, exhibited between 1773-1776 at the London Royal Academy. Besides that he received a pension from the King of England. He moved then to Continental Europe and worked at various European courts. By 1791 he lived in Paris and took part in Salon exhibitions of 1791 and 1793.
In early 1794 he returned to town of his youth Thann and remained there until he passed away on 6 May 1795.
Works of André Judlin-Kesler can be seen in Museum of Rouen (France), Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (USA).

*see other works of this artist in our possession

Our images nr.11-14 offer extensive biographical information about this artist (clips from Schidlof, Daphne Foskett, Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard) and show another miniature of his which was sold in 1999 at Christie's London for GBP 4,600.

Provenance:
1.) Bernard-Franck Collection (Bernard-Franck was a veteran of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, who later in life became a wealthy manufacturer of military equipment. He had a very important collection of paintings and works of art from the Napoleonic Epoch).
2.) French private collection

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Condition: good; in original frame

Creation Year: 1786/91

Measurements: UNFRAMED:5,2x4,3cm/2,0x1,7in FRAMED: 7,4x4,7cm/2,9x1,9in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: signed: Judlin

Creator: André Judlin
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Creator Dates: 1742 Guebwiller-1795 Thann

Nationality: French / German

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