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Follower of Jean Louis Voille

Portrait of Paul I (1754 - 1801), Tzar of Russia

Follower of Jean Louis Voille

Follower of Jean Louis Voille

Portrait of Paul I (1754 - 1801), Tzar of Russia

Portrait of Paul I (1754 - 1801), Tzar of Russia

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Portrait of Paul I (1754 - 1801), Tzar of Russia


oil on canvas

canvas:

framed: 37 1/2 by 31 1/2 in.; 95.2 by 80 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The image reads well beneath yellowed and discolored varnish. The paint layer has been flattened and the canvas weave is slightly visible through the paint layers but is not distracting. To the naked eye, scattered spots of discolored retouching are visible as well as small spots of uneven texture indicating old repairs. A prior horizontal canvas fold causing paint loss in the center of the canvas was repaired causing a line of retouching that is slightly visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears streaky and uneven and impedes inspection of restoration underneath. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.

This portrait relates to a lost original by Jean Louis Voille (1744 - 1804), painted in the last years of the eighteenth century. Paul, the only son of Catherine the Great and Peter III, became Emperor of Russia in 1797 and Grand Master of the Order of Malta in 1798. Here he wears that Order around his neck along with the stars of the Orders of St. Andrew and St. Alexander Nevskii on his chest. Other versions of the same portrait after Voille's lost original are today in the Royal Collection, UK,1 the Museum of the Order of St. John,2 and a version by Stepan Semyonovich Shchukin after Voille in the State Russia Museum, St. Petersburg.


1. https://www.rct.uk/collection/404631/paul-i-emperor-of-russia-1754-1801-when-grand-duke-of-russia

2. https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/tzar-paul-i-17541801-135605