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"Junior officer of Austrian Hussar Regiment "Archduke Leopold Alexander", 1792/98
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This painting was acquired in January 2011 at Viennese auction house "Dorotheum" as a work of an anonymous Hungarian artist from the middle of the 18th century. The painting, so the expert of "Dorotheum", allegedly shows a hussar from one of the Hungarian irregular (!) regiments of the Austrian Army.
Yes - we indeed see numerous details here that cannot be explained yet:
1) instead of the usual dolman he has a so-called "German" under-waistcoat
2) absence of the obligatory hussar belt (also obligatory for the so-called "Hungarian" costume)
3) instead of the saddle usual for Hungarian (Austrian) hussars we see a so-called "German" one, typical for German heavy (!) cavalry
4) the non-regular sabre (although a wealthy Hungarian nobleman, officer of a regular hussar regiment could prefer a different kind of sabre)
5) the plume of his shako has the colors of the Austrian Army, but in reverse order
Nevertheless the most important detail here is the sabre bag with monogram "FS" under the Hungarian Royal crown. It is nothing but the monogram of Archduke Franz Karl Joseph, henceforth Franz II, who was newly crowned (June 6, 1792) as King of Hungary, a month later (July 5, 1792) as Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire. In the first several years of his reign (early 1790s) we see exactly this monogram (and not the monogram "F II" familiar to our eyes) not only on hussar sabre bags but also as an emblem of other regiments of the Austrian Army. It stands for Latin "Franciscus Secundus" (Franz the Second) - "Franciscus Secundus Romanorum Imperator Hungariae & Bohemae Rex ").
So we have here a lowest time border of this portrait - mid-1792.
In reality (as specialist for hussar uniforms Mr. Arthur Yushkevich has informed us), it is a portrait of a junior (one narrow galloon on his trousers) officer of Hungarian (Austrian) Hussar Regiment No.17 ("Archduke Leopold Alexander") from the early period (1792/98) of the reign of Kaiser Franz II; in these seven years the shako of this regiment (light-blue pelisse and trousers) had the color "ponceau-rot" ("ponceau red") visible on this portrait; in 1799 it was changed to the lighter "krapp-rot" (madder red). In 1795 (after the death of Erzherzog Leopold Alexander) this unit obtained the name of the new proprietor - Archduke Joseph (like his predecessor, Palatin (vice-roi) of Hungary).
About the aforementioned non-regular details of his uniform Mr. Yushkevich explains that our hussar apparently was a member of a high-aristocratic Hungarian family, and allowed himself some liberties.
Unfortunately, we do not have access to the list of junior officers of this regiment for the specified period...
We are very grateful to Mr. Yushkevich for his generous help
Condition: good for its age; unlined; in original 18th-century frame
Creation Year: 1792/98
Measurements: UNFRAMED:91,0x69,5cm/35,8x27,4in FRAMED: 103,0x81,0cm/40,6x31,9in
Object Type: Framed oil painting
Style: Old Master paintings
Technique: oil on canvas
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Creator Dates: -
Nationality: Austrian / Hungarian
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