Portrait of a young beauty, probably a bride, was executed in 1848 by good listed German history, portrait and still life painter Isaac Julius Jacob, the Elder ( 1811 Berlin – 1882 Berlin).
From 1828 Jacob studied at the Royal Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin and was a student in Wilhelm Wach´s studio. Between 1830 and 1848 he regularly took part in the exhibitions of the Royal Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin. From 1833 to 1836 he studied at the Royal Prussian Art Academy in Düsseldorf. Between 1837 and 1844 he stayed in Paris to study with Paul Delaroche and regularly took part in the Paris Salon.After traveling in Europe, Asia Minor, North America and Africa, and making a large number of sketches, copies and portraits, he was appointed a member of the Société des beaux-arts (Society of Fine Arts) de Paris in 1844. He exhibited several paintings from the history of Saint Louis, which led to commissions for the Palace of Versailles. However, Jacob was unable to do so because he received a large order for portraits from London. His paintings became very popular in England and led to many new commissions. He ended up staying in London for eleven years and in 1845, 1847-1854 he took part in the exhibitions at the Royal Academy London with a total of 16 portraits. After a stay in Rome in 1850/1851 during the winter months and after a stay in Vienna in 1854, where he also portrayed numerous princely personalities at the instigation of Carl Rahl, he returned to Berlin as a result of the war of 1866 and stayed there until the end of his life. He took up his apartment at Oberwasserstraße 10.He was married and his son was the painter Julius Jacob the Younger.
Literature: artist lexicons by Boetticher, Thieme/Becker and others.
Inscription: signed J.Jacob, in the middle right.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed: w 20 5/8" x h 25 3/4" (52,5 x 65,5 cm), framed w 29" x h 34" (73,5 x 86,5 cm).
Condition: very good.