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PORTRAIT OF COUNTESS JULIA SAMOILOVA WITH AUSTRIAN HUSSARS

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PORTRAIT OF COUNTESS JULIA SAMOILOVA WITH AUSTRIAN HUSSARS

Made by: Wilhelm Richter

On view in: Pavilion


About this object

The painting features Countess Julia Samoilova, Karl Briullov’s famous muse. She is surrounded by a group of Austrian officers in blue, white and black uniforms, two dogs, and a parrot on a stand. She sits in the center of the drawing room of her Milan estate. It is furnished with comfortable chairs and armchairs covered with red velvet as well a Boulle desk supporting a plant in a porcelain cache-pot. These pieces rest on a yellow carpet decorated with a blue-green pattern. In the background, hanging behind the Countess, is a portrait of the hostess painted by Briullov in 1832-34, now one of Hillwood’s most important Russian masterpieces (51.73). It is suspended next to an oval portrait on an easel and a richly ornamented tapestry. The frame is in the neo-baroque style.

Category:
paintings
Object name:
PORTRAIT OF COUNTESS JULIA SAMOILOVA WITH AUSTRIAN HUSSARS
Made from:
Oil on board --gilded wood
Made in:
Milan, Italy
Date made:
1855
Size:
W. 28 in., H. 25 1/2 in. (framed); W. 20 in., H. 15 7/8 in., D. 3mm (unframed)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
2016.1
Signature marks:
SIGNATURE W. Richter / Milano 1855 lower right LABEL Improved / Flemish Ground Milled Boards, / For Oil Painting. / Prepared By / G. Rowney & Co., / Artists’ Colourmen / 51, Rathbone Place, London. / Prepared Car[…] with or without absorbent grounds. / An improved […] for Oil Painting. / Also, extra fi[…] Colours, in Tubes and Bladders. / Superior […]arnish, Asphaltum, fine light Drying Oil, and / New[…]rier. / A new permanent Blue, equal in brilliancy to the best Ultramarine, / price 4s. per ounce. / With every other material for Oil Painting, of very superior qualities. on reverse
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2016