A pair of fine portraits of sisters was executed in 1853 in 1853 by famous Hungarian painter Karoly Jakobey (1826 Kula - 1891 Budapest). Jakab Marastoni prepared him for the painting career, and from 1845 he studied at the Vienna Academy and later at F. G. Waldmüller's free school. He settled in Pest in the early 1850s. From 1852, he regularly appeared in the exhibitions of the Pest Society, mainly with portraits. He was one of the founders of the National Hungarian Society of Fine Arts, founded in 1861, and a member until his death. From the 1860s, he painted more and more altarpieces for church commissions. He also undertook mural painting and restoration tasks. From the 1870s, he worked extensively as a church painter with Henrik Altenbuchner and Károly Greiner. In 1910, the Budapest House of Arts organized a collection exhibition from his legacy. Several of his landscapes are in the Hungarian National Gallery, his portraits are in the Hungarian Historical Gallery, and one of his drawings in the Ernst Museum.
Literature: Dr.Nagy, Hungarian artist lexicon; Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler " by Thieme / Becker. Leipzig, 1999; MagyFestAdat, 1988.
Inscription: both signed and dated (1)853, lower right, on the back of stretchers are old German inscriptions: on the first: 2 portraits of Mrs. Tiry; on the second: in pencil: Tiry Marie (1832-1872), married Pulz.
Technique: both oils on canvas, magnificent original period gold-plated frames.
Measurements: each unframed w 9 1/4" x h 11 1/2" (23,5 x 29 cm); framed w 14 1/4" x h 16 1/3" (36 x 41,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.