Sotheby's /Jun 5, 2002
€32,013.66 - €53,356.10
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Richard Brompton - The Polish Count Franciszek Ksawery Branicki (1731-1819) And His Russian Wife Alexandrine Vassilievna Engelhardt (1754-1838)
Auction: Sotheby's -Nov 22, 2007 - LondonLot number: 31
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both full length, he standing, wearing armour, flanked by two boys, she standing, wearing a white satin dress, blue shawl, and imperial badges and cyphers a pair oil on canvas Quantity: 2 CATALOGUE NOTE Franciszek Ksawery Branicki was the son of Piotr Branicki and his wife Melania Teresa Szembek. He married in 1781, Alexandrine Vassilievna Engelhardt. Of their five children, the two included in the portrait either side of the Count are probably Aleksander and Wadysaw Grzegorz. Branicki was appointed Podstoli in 1764, and he was awarded Poland's highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle in December 1764. He fulfilled many high ranking government positions including, Ambassador to Berlin in 1765, Master of the Hunt of the Crown from 1766 to 1773, Artillery General of Lithuania from 1768 to 1773, Field Crown Hetman in 1773 and Great Crown Hetman of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1774 to 1794. Clearly a man of great personal character, in 1766 Branicki fought a pistol duel with the Venetian adventurer and philanderer Giovanni Casanova over an Italian actress. They were both wounded and Casanova was expelled from Warsaw as a result. Branicki was an opponent of the reforms of the Great Sejm (1788-1792) and a supporter of the Targowica Confederation. During the Ko?ciuszko uprising in 1794, Branicki was sentenced to death but never apprehended. He emigrated to Russia with his wife and family and died in 1819. Alexandrine was the eldest niece of Potemkin, and lady in waiting to Empress Catherine the Great of Russia during her long reign from 1761-1796. In this portrait Alexandrine wears the ribands and the badge of the Order of Saint Catherine of Russia, the Imperial Cypher of Catherine the Great. The Order of Saint Catherine had been founded by Peter the Great in 1714 as an award to ladies from Russia's highest nobility, and to high ranking foreign female royalty. It was first awarded for bravery during the Russian campaign against Turkey in 1711 to Peter's second wide Catherine Alekseyevna (1684-1727), who ironically was from humble Latvian origins, but became wife of Peter the Great and eventually Empress Consort. Whilst little is known about Richard Brompton, he clearly caught the attention of an aristocratic and even Royal clientele. He portrayed the Earl of Northampton, the Duke of York and the Prince of Wales amongst others. However, Brompton's extravagant personal habits led to his confinement in the King's Bench Prison for debt in 1780. His misfortunes were short lived, and he was soon released to fulfil an appointment as portrait painter to Empress Catherine of Russia. He travelled to St. Petersburg where he painted two versions of these portraits (the other versions were last recorded in the Comtesse M. Branicki Collection in 1909). Brompton died in St. Petersburg in 1783.
Auction: Sotheby's -Jun 5, 2002 - New YorkLot number: 69
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oil on canvas, unframed brompton, like many of the artists of his time, traveled to rome where he studied with anton raphael mengs. upon his return to london he received a fair number of commissions including a portrait of william pitt, 1st earl of chatham and a group portrait of henry dawkins and his family. however, in 1780, the artist was imprisoned for debt and only released at the bequest of catherine ii of russia. from london he traveled to st. petersburg and remained in that city employed as the court painter until his death in 1783. it has been suggested that the present work was painted during brompton's sejourn in russia however the exact location of the palace seen in the distance remains to be identified.
Richard Brompton - Portrait Of Charles Graeme, Half-length, In A Brown Jacket Andwaistcoat, Resting His Left Arm On A Plinth
Auction: Christie's -Jun 10, 1999 - LondonLot number: 42
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Richard Brompton (1734-1783) Portrait of Charles Graeme, half-length, in a brown jacket andwaistcoat, resting his left arm on a plinth inscribed 'Charles Grame (sic) third/son of David Grame of/Orchilldrawn in January 1769 aged/16 years by Brompton/London' (on thereverse) oil on canvas 30 x 25in. (76.3 x 63.5cm.) In an English 18th Century carved and gilded frame. Saleroom Notice PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LOT IS SUBJECT TO VAT AT 17.5 ON THEHAMMER PRICE AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE DAGGERED IN THECATALOGUE. Lot Notes The Graeme family of Orchill, Perthshire, were descendants ofthe Earls of Montrose, and the sitter, Charles Graeme was the thirdson of David Graeme of Orchill and his second wife the Hon. LouisaNairne, seventh daughter of William, second Lord Nairne, and hiswife Margaret.