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# 43695

Carl Hummel de Bourdon (ca.1769-1840) "Prince Joseph Franz Palffy", large miniature, 1821

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Presented here is a large miniature portrait of Prince Joseph Franz Palffy in Hungarian magnate costume (which is often confused with the hussar uniform). According to the Austrian Biographical Dictionary by Wurzbach, he was son of Prince Karl Hieronimus Palffy and of Maria Theresia Princess von Liechtenstein, wirklicher Hofrat (engl. real Court Counsellor) at the Hungarian Hofkanzlei (Court Office) and Erbobergespan des Pressburger Komitates (a high official rank in Bohemia). In 1772 he married Countess Karolina von Hohenfeld.

Although unsigned this large miniature is an absolutely authentic and typical work of one of the best Vienna, early 19th century miniaturists, Carl Hummel de Bourdon.
Moreover it is the artist's own replica of miniature, signed and dated 1821, which surfaced at one of the Austrian auction houses in March 2021 (see our image #10).

For a third version of this portrait (also in our possession!) see our web # 43694.

Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon was born ca.1769 into an aristocratic family living in Besanšon, France. During the French Revolution he fled from the Great Terror from France and settled in Austria (this suggestion stems from Dr. Bodo Hofstetter (Switzerland); see his recently published catalogue "Portraitminiaturen/ Museum Liaunig", Neuhaus, 2015, p. 371). For the first time he is mentioned in a marriage contract completed in Vienna in 1800. In this document he is named as court artist of Archduke Joseph's (Palatine of Hungary) wife - Alexandra Pavlovna, nee Grand Duchess of Russia. This fact has made some art historian to suppose that Carl Hummel de Bourdon has spent a few years in Hungary in this period. Dr. Hofstetter believes that this supposition is not convincing enough, since the wedding of Alexandra Pavlovna and the Archduke Joseph took place on 30 October 1799, and Hummel's wedding took place in Vienna (and not in Hungary) a few months later.
It seems in the mid 1810s he spent some time in Poland (or Lemberg (Lviv) belonging then to the Austrian Empire, capital of formerly Polish (since 1772 Austrian) province Galicia). This supposition is supported by a lot of his portraits of Polish aristocrats of that time.
He died in Vienna in 1840 at the age of 71.

Provenance: Family Palffy, Vienna, Auction "Palffy Collection" in Vienna Dorotheum, 2005

This miniature was shown in 2015 at Austrian National Gallery "Belvedere" - Exhibition "Europe in Vienna /The Congress of Vienna / 1814/15" (see exhibition catalogue, p. 394, erroneously as a work of another Vienna miniaturist - Friedrich Johann Gottlieb Lieder).

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Condition: fairly good, in original brass easel-frame.

Creation Year: 1821

Measurements: UNFRAMED:12,5x9,0cm/4,9x3,5in FRAMED: 20,5x17,0cm/8,1x6,7in

Object Type: Framed watercolor

Style: Portrait miniatures

Technique: watercolor and gum arabic on card (oval)

Inscription: verso titled

Creator: Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: ca.1769 Besanšon (FR)-1840 Vienna

Nationality: French/ Austrian

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