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Denis-Huguenot Fribourg "Charles-Pierre-Lubin Griois, colonel of the French artillery", 1816
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oval image: 13,3 x 10,1 cm
Executed in 1816 by Parisian artist Denis-Huguenot Fribourg it is a miniature portrait of a grey-haired (he looks 40/45 years old) colonel (epaulettes with thick fringe) of the French Royal Artillery (buttons with symbol of two crossed cannons and a real cannon in the background). He is decorated with badges of four awards: neck cross of a Commander of the French Order of the Legion of Honor, chest Chevalier Cross of the French Royal Order of Saint Louis, badge of the "Decoration of The Lily" introduced by the Bourbons in April of 1814 and chest Chevalier Cross of the Order of the Iron Crown (Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy).
The 1820 annual edition of the "Annuaire officiel des officiers de l'armée active" (the first edition to mention officers with their French military awards - those of the Legion and of St. Louis) exposes the names of only four colonels of artillery in possession of the two awards visible on our portrait - Commander's Cross of the Legion of Honor and Chevalier Cross of St. Louis:
-Jean Pierre Doguerau (in 1816 (date on the portrait) this man was aged 42)
-Baron Cyprien-Joseph Raffon de Val (in 1816 he was 40 years old)
-Baron Charles-Pierre-Lubin Griois (44 years old)
-Baron Francois Joseph Henrion (40 years old)
The next step was to turn to the "Dictionnaire des colonels de Napoleon" by Danielle and Bernard Quintin (Paris 1996). In this book we find all these four men who became colonels still in epoch of the 1st Empire.
Only two of them - Raffon de Val and Griois were in possession of the Iron Crown.
Of the former, no portraits could be found online or in the reference literature, but when we started with Colonel Griois the web immediately showed...our portrait (see images nr.14-15)!!
Our images nr.16-17 provide the extensive biography of this celebrated French artilleryman. Today, this man is also remembered for his 430-page-memoirs (edited in 1909 by his grand-nephew - CLICK HERE and see image nr.19).
And now the final chord:
Not mentioned in online auction catalogue (see provenance below) this portrait has a remnant of an old label on the back cover of the frame with information about the sitter. This was discovered by us after receiving the postal package. And in this legend we read the name of our Colonel Griois (see image nr.12).
The artist was born before 1780 in Paris and died after 1833. He studied under Joseph-Benoit Suvée at the l'Ecole de l'Academie in Paris (1787-1795). Fribourg exhibited at the Parisian Salon from 1799 to 1827. Our image nr.9 shows extracts from Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard and Schidlof's books with biographical information about the artist.
French private collection
auction house "Hotel des Ventes des Notaires", Entzheim, France
Condition: fairly good; In original frame (the latter needs minimal restoration)
Creation Year: 1816
Measurements: UNFRAMED:21,0x15,0cm/8,3x5,9in FRAMED: 34,0x27,8cm/13,4x10,9in
Object Type: framed watercolor
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on paper, laid by artist onto cardboard; painted in oval; on verso: remainder of old legend
Inscription: signed and dated: Fribourg 1816
Creator: Denis-Huguenot Fribourg
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!
Creator Dates: before 1780 Paris-after 1833
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