Comte Gregoire Czernichew.
After the painting by J. Grassi. Engraved by J. Pichler. Vienna [n.d. c.1780.]
Very fine & scarce mezzotint full length portrait of the Count wearing period walking attire. He looks to his left. as he leans on a rock beneath a tree. Right hand in waistcoat pocket, his left hand holds hat and cane. Good dark impression with large margins.
Title in Russian and French with Czernichew coat of arms below image. French lined matt, glazed, black and natural-wood frame.
Plate size: 19 3/4 x 12" (50 x 30.5 cm) Frame 27 1/4 x 19 1/4"
76 Ref. DW34 /GN/ s.andr > ELN PRICE CODE C Click for Price code guide.
Count Gregoire Czernichew was the Russian ambassador extrordinairé to the court of France 1763. He was married to Countess Natalia Czernichew. His brother was Count Zachary Czernichew also of the eighteenth century Russian court.
Josef Grassi (1757 -1838). Austrian painter. He was the son of a craftsman from Udine and the brother of the sculptor Anton Grassi (1755-1807). In 1768 he started as a student at the Akademie der Bildenden K?nste in Vienna, to which he owed his entire education. His ambitious nature soon ensured that he entered aristocratic circles, where he became a favoured portrait painter, particularly of women, whom he painted in oils and in miniature. His most frequent type was the half-length portrait of young women, generally portrayed with hands crossed on their breast. With pale tones and a liberal use of highlights he achieved a velvety softness of texture and a sentimental atmosphere of dreaminess, which is evident in this fine relaxed portrait of Czernichew.