Monday, March 27, 2017

18th-century and 19th-century Portraits

Jean-Baptiste Weyler (France)
Oval Box with Miniature Portrait
1781-82
watercolor on ivory
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Pietro Tenerani (Italy)
Bust-portrait of Tatyana Stroganova
1853
marble
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

To the Pious Memory of the Accomplisht Young Lady 
Mrs. Anne Killigrew 
Excellent in the Two Sister-Arts of Poesie and Painting
An Ode

O Gracious God! How far have we
Prophan'd thy Heav'nly Gift of Poesy!
Made prostitute and profligate the Muse,
Debas'd to each obscene and impious use,
Whose harmony was first ordain'd Above,
For Tongues of Angels and for Hymns of Love!
Oh wretched We! why were we hurry'd down
This lubrique and adult'rate age,
(Nay, added fat Pollutions of our own)
T' increase the steaming Ordures of the Stage?
What can we say t' excuse our Second Fall?
Let this thy Vestal, Heav'n, atone for all:
Her Arethusian Stream remains unsoil'd,
Unmixt with Forreign Filth and undefil'd,
Her Wit was more than Man, her Innocence a Child.

 excerpted from an extensive verse tribute to the virtues of the deceased Mrs. Killigrew by John Dryden, a production characterized by Samuel Johnson in 1779 as "undoubtedly the noblest ode that our language has ever produced"

Benjamin West (England)
Portrait of George Prince of Wales
 and Frederick Duke of York

1778
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Johann Heinrich Schmidt (Germany)
Portrait of Lowis of Menar
1784
pastel on vellum
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Louis Fran├žois Roubiliac (France)
Portrait-bust of Richard Bentley, FRS
1756
plaster
British Museum

Johann Bardou (Germany)
Portrait of Princess Nadezhda Golitsyn
1788
pastel
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Johann Bardou (Germany)
Portrait of an elderly lady
1785
pastel
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

David Le Marchand (France)
Portrait-relief of an unknown man
ca. 1700-1720
ivory
British Museum

Jean-Louis Voille (France)
Portrait of a girl in a hat
1781-82
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Ivan Petrovich Argunov (Russia)
Portrait of a woman in a blue dress
1760
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

George Romney (England)
Portrait of Harriet Greer
ca. 1785-90
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Jean-Marc Nattier (France)
Portrait of Pierre-Victoire, Baron de Besenval
before 1766
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Pietro Tenerani (Italy)
Bust-portrait of Marina Gurjeva
1835
marble
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Lucas Conrad Pfanzelt (Germany)
Portrait of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli
1750s
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Pietro Rotari (Italy)
Portrait of Countess Vorontsova
ca. 1756-62
oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg