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Johann Heinrich Schroeder-Attrib. "Countess Charlotte v. Hardenberg", published pastel!!, ca.1800
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This wonderful pastel portrait, acquired in October 2005 at the "Century Auction" of Sotheby's in the Royal Hanoverian Castle Marienburg, shows all stylistic criteria of works by the well-known German portraitist of the 18th century working in pastel technique, Johann Heinrich Schroeder.
In 2006, this work was illustrated and described in Neil Jeffares' "Dictionary of pastellists before 1800" (see our image nr.6 with clip from the online edition of this book (2009)). In the same article about Schroeder, Neil Jeffares shows another portrait of our sitter - probably a couple of years older (see image nr.7).
Her name is Countess Charlotte von Hardenberg (1769-1845), later - Baroness von Marenholtz, afterwards - Mme du Textre, and later yet - Mme Benjamin Constant de Rebecque. This lady, though obviously several times divorced (widowed), was always remarried. She was born as Countess von Hardenberg, and, already as a young girl, became a court lady in Brunswyck (Braunschweig). At first married to Baron von Marenholz, already in 1793, Charlotte (she was then 24 years old) entered a love affair with Brunswyck courtier (and later well-known writer) Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, who was two years her senior. Interesting to mention is that the latter was at the same time married to another Brunswyck court lady. Moreover, he was also a long-time lover of famous Madame de StaŽl (see our image nr.8).
The romance between Charlotte and Benjamin lasted with interruptions until 1808 - a year in which they married (the fact of marriage was kept secret from Madame de StaŽl, who only found out about it in 1809!). Interesting to mention is that in period between 1793 and 1808 Charlotte has managed to bury her first husband Baron von Marenholz and marry certain Mr. Tertre, whom she then obviously divorced only to marry her long-time lover Benjamin Constant. She lived with her husband until his death in 1830 and then 15 years as his widow.
For other works by Johann Heinrich Schroeder acquired from the same collection, please see our website, Lots # 26016 and # 26014 and # 26015 and # 26017 and # 26105!
Johann Heinrich Schroeder (1757 Meiningen - 1812 Meiningen) was a pupil of J.H.Tischbein in Cassel, made study trips to England, where he portrayed members of the royal family, and to Netherlands. He worked at various German courts (along with others in Hannover and Berlin), in 1785 became royal portraitist of the Duke of Brunswyck, further was a royal painter in Baden. During his late period he lived alternately in his native Meiningen and in Brunswyck. He worked mainly in pastel and was the best German artist of his time using this technique.
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: ca 1800
Measurements: UNFRAMED:32,0x22,8cm/12,6x9,0in FRAMED: 38,2x31,0cm/15,0x12,2in
Object Type: Framed pastel
Style: Old Master drawings
Technique: pastel on parchment (on stretcher)
Creator: Johann Heinrich Schroeder
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Creator Dates: 1757 Meiningen-1812 Meiningen
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