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Joh. FriedrichTischbein-Attrib. "Wilhelmine of Prussia", pastel of outstanding quality!!, ca.1790
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Executed ca.1790 (the dress and hairstyle provide this dating), this supreme quality pastel portrait of Princess Wilhelmine (Friederike Luise Wilhelmine of Prussia (1774-1837), future Queen of the Netherlands shows absolutely all stylistic criteria of works by famous German portraitist of the turn of the 19th century, Johann Friedrich Tischbein, and we strongly believe that it is the latter's authentic work. Nevertheless, given that the portrait is unsigned, we prefer to offer this work as "Attributed to Johann Friedrich Tischbein".
Johann Friedrich August Tischbein (1750 Maastricht - 1812 Heidelberg) was a pupil of his father, Johann Valentin Tischbein in Hildburghausen. After the latter's death (1768), Tischbein became a pupil of his uncle, Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder in Kassel. Already in 1771-72, he was mentioned in this town as a "dessinateur". In 1772, his sponsor, Prince Friedrich von Waldeck, sent him on a study trip to Paris. In 1777, after a five-year-long stay there, Tischbein moved to Rome, where he soon made acquaintances with (living there at the time) Jacques Louis David, Anton Raphael Mengs, several English portraitists, and especially - with Heinrich Friedrich Fueger, who strongly influenced him. In 1779, he moved to Naples and remained there until 1780 - a year, in which he travelled to Vienna to deliver his portrait of Queen of Naples Maria Karoline to her mother, Empress Marie Theresia of Austria. In May 1780, he went (via Munich, Stuttgart and Kassel) to Arolsen, where for a few years he occupied position of his sponsor Prince von Waldeck's court artist. In 1785, he was in Weimar; in 1786 and 1788/89 - in Den Haag; in 1791/94 - in Amsterdam. In 1795, he retired from his service at Prince von Waldeck's court and moved to Dessau, where he then became court portraitist of Prince Leopold III von Anhalt-Dessau. He lived there (with brief interruptions for trips to Berlin, Weimar and Dresden) for the most part of his later years. Johann Friedrich August Tischbein died in 1812 in Heidelberg, during a visit to his daughter.
Provenance: private collection, Vienna
Creation Year: ca 1790
Measurements:UNFRAMED:68,0x57,0cm/26,8x22,4in FRAMED: 82,2x71,2cm/32,4x28,0in
Object Type:Framed pastel
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: pastel on vellum stretched on a wooden panel
Creator: Johann Friedrich August Tischbein
Creator Dates: 1750 Maastricht-1812 Heidelberg
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