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Christophe Guerin (1758-1831) "Carl Longatti from Jockgrim by Speyer", interesting miniature!!, 1790
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According to authentic old legend on frame's back cover the name of depicted on this miniature portrait relatively young man was "Charle (Carl) Longatti from Jockgrim" (Jockgrim is a municipality in modern German province Rheinland-Pfalz, situated in ca. 15 km from Karlsruhe. Until 1793 (and miniature was made (according to sitter's dress and hairstyle) in early 1790s) Jockgrim was in possession of Damian August Philipp Karl, Count of Limburg-Vehlen-Stirum, Prince-Bishop of Speyer (CLICK HERE)).
As we inspected this miniature out of its frame we discovered on verso an old inscription with name of artist and date of execution - "Chr. Guerin /1790".
So we learned that this portrait was made in 1790, in Strassburg, where then lived its author, portraitist Christophe Guerin, younger brother of famous French miniaturist Jean-Urbain Guerin.
But how did a young man from a small German municipality come to the chance to be portrayed by the well-known Strassburg artist?
The response to this question we find in detected on Web information (see our image nr.8) that in late autumn of 1790 Prince-Bishop of Speyer sent the "amtskeller" (head of administration) of Jockgrim, certain Locatti with a letter which the latter had to deliver into own hands of Monsieur Voirot, President of the Strassburg (sic!) administration.
Christophe Guerin (1758 Strasbourg - 1831 Strasbourg) was a member of the Strasbourg artist family: his father (and his first teacher) Jean Guerin (1724-1787) was an engraver; his younger brother Jean-Urbain (1760-1836) - a portrait miniaturist, and his son Gabriel-Christophe (1790-1846) - a painter.
After the initial studies with his father, Christophe Guerin enrolled into Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he trained with Nicolas-René Jollain and Étienne Jeaurat. After graduating from this school, he returned in 1787 (this year also marked the death year of his father thus making him the head of the family) to Strasbourg and continued his father's trade by engraving banknotes for the local mint and illustrating books. Occasionally, he also produced engraved portraits. The latter activity had clearly moved him to paint miniature portrait on ivory (especially in the 1790s). He also became a professor at the Strasbourg "École centrale du département du Bas-Rhin" and the head of "École gratuite de dessin" - the posts he occupied up until his death in 1831.
In 1802, he also became the curator of "Musée des Beaux-Arts" of Strasbourg.
Provenance: private collection, Vienna, Austria
Condition: good; in late 18th century German wooden with brass frame
Creation Year: 1790
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,0x5,0cm/2,8x2,0in FRAMED: 10,5x8,5cm/4,1x3,3in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (oval)
Inscription: on verso inscribed and dated: Chr. Guerin /1790; on back cover: old legend
Creator: Christophe Guerin
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Creator Dates: 1758 Strasbourg-1831 Strasbourg
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