Stilistic typical work of outstanding Austrian portrait painter of the 19th century Friedrich von Amerling (1803 Vienna - 1887 ibid.). Very similar portrait to our work was estimated on 17.04.2007 in Vienna Auctionshouse "Im Kinsky", Auction No. 63, Lot No. 101. It's known from the literature, many of artist's works were not signed (s. G.Probszt "F.von Amerling.Werkverzeichnis", Vienna, 1927). In 1816-1823 Amerling studied at the Vienna Academy. In mid 1820s he travelled to London intending to get acquainted with Thomas Lawrence, who was considered the greatest portrait painter of the time. Lawrence allowed the young artist to visit his studio and to continue his education after the master´s accomplished works. 11 months later F.von Amerling moved to Paris, where he was friendly received by Horace Vernet. After his return to Vienna he soon became one of the most popular portraitists of the Austrian high society. He worked in Italy in 1831 and 1841-44. Around 1000 portraits created by the artist are known to exist; many of them are now missing. Works of F.von Amerling are displayed in the greatest museums worldwide.
Literature: Prof. H.Fuchs "Die Österreichische Maler des 19 und 20 Jahrhunderts", Vienna, 1975 ; G.Probszt " Friedrich von Amerling. Werkverzeichnis", Vienna, 1927; A.E.Seemann " Friedrich von Amerling", Vienna, Belvedere, 2003
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period frame
Measurements: unframed 17 1/3" x 23" (44 x 58,5 cm), framed 20" x 25 2/3" (51 x 65 cm)
Condition: very good