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Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna

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Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna

Made by: Robertson, Christina

On view in: Marjorie Post's Bedroom Hall

About this object

Christina Robertson was a British portrait and miniature painter. Born Christina Saunders in Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland, Robertson learned to paint miniatures from her uncle, George Saunders, a miniaturist based in London. Robertson developed a successful portrait career and often traveled abroad in search of new clients. From 1839-1841, Robertson lived and worked in St. Petersburg, Russia. After spending eight years in her London studio, Robertson returned to Russia in 1849 to work as a portraitist for the imperial family. The sitter in this portrait may be a member of the Russian artistocracy, but no positive identification has been made.

Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, almost full length seated on a red sofa. Her golden hair is dressed with braids on either side. Her blue dress is low cut and trimmed with lace. She wears necklaces and bracelets. At left is a table with a red marble top, a vase of flowers, an open book and a golden vase in the 17th century style. Over back of sofa is a reddish cloak lined with ermine. Behind the sofa is an elaborately carved ebony sofa with two Renaissance rock crystal vases. Bronze frame is comtemporary to the painting.

Object name:
Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna
Made from:
Watercolor on ivory --bronze
Made in:
Date made:
overall __9.75 IN __7.50 IN
overall __24.76 CM __19.05 CM

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
SIGNATURE __Christina Robertson p. __on front __Christina Robertson painted this (pinxit) ||date __1841 __on front || __4/6 __inside the back of the frame
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973