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Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon "Franz, Count von Hartig", outstanding large miniature on ivory!!, 1803
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This large miniature on ivory displays outstanding quality of execution. It was painted by one of Vienna's best 19th-century miniaturists, Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon. According to the old legend on verso, it is portrait of certain Count (it reads "Hrabe", which is "Count" in Czech) Hartigg, one of the members of renowned Austrian aristocratic family of Counts von Hartig (also Hartigg). Dated "1803", this portrait shows an aristocratic boy (he appears to be 14-16 years old; hence, the only (!) plausible candidate as this portrait's sitter (see oiur image nr.17) would be 14/14,5-year-old Franz de Paula, Count von Hartig; the latter was born in 1789, and exactly in 1803 he became owner (with his mother as "Vormünderin" (custodian)) of belonging to his late father estate Ober-Berkowitz (also Oberberkowitz, Ober-Berschkowitz; now Horni Berkovice by Prague - see our image nr.22). Obviously he is depicted just after this event - he is shown dressed as a young gentleman (as a first-born son he is now a head of the family) posing in park of this estate, resting his hand on a column topped with marble bust of his mother. The bust's base bears the French inscription "á la Reconnaissance" (English: "in gratitude"), which is the principal reason for this portrait's commission: the young count clearly commissioned it in order to present it to his beloved mother, Eleonore, Countess von Hartig, nee Countess Colloredo (1764-1818).
Franz de Paula, Count von Hartig was born on 5 Juni 1789 in Dresden and died on 11 January 1865 in Vienna. He was a first-born son of Franz de Paula Anton, Count von Hartig (1758-1797), well-known Austrian diplomat (in 1789 he was Austrian Envoy in Dresden), statesman and scholar (see our image nr.20 with latter's extensive biography) and his wife, Countess Eleonore (see image nr.21). He gained the best-possible education, entered in young age the state service, and in 1825, being only 36 years he was appointed governor of province Styria and in 1830 governor of Lombardy (now Italy). In 1840 he became "Staats- und Konferenzminister". He retreated from state service in 1848 and since this date was chifly active as author of different works about the politics. In 1860 he returned to state service.
Still in 1810 (seven years after this portrait was made) he married in Vienna Juliana, Countess von Grundemann-Falkenberg(1788-1866) with whom he had three children - one daughter and two sons.
Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon was born ca.1769 into an aristocratic family living in Besançon, France. During the French Revolution he fled from the Great Terror from France and settled in Austria (this suggestion stems from Dr. Bodo Hofstetter (Switzerland); see his recently published catalogue "Portraitminiaturen/ Museum Liaunig", Neuhaus, 2015, p. 371). For the first time he is mentioned in a marriage contract completed in Vienna in 1800. In this document he is named as court artist of Archduke Joseph's (Palatine of Hungary) wife - Alexandra Pavlovna, nee Grand Duchess of Russia. This fact has made some art historian to suppose that Carl Hummel de Bourdon has spent a few years in Hungary in this period. Dr. Hofstetter believes that this supposition is not convincing enough, since the wedding of Alexandra Pavlovna and the Archduke Joseph took place on 30 October 1799, and Hummel's wedding took place in Vienna (and not in Hungary) a few months later.
It seems in the mid 1810s he spent some time in Poland (or Lemberg (Lviv) belonging then to the Austrian Empire, capital of formerly Polish (since 1772 Austrian) province Galicia). This supposition is supported by a lot of his portraits of Polish aristocrats of that time.
He died in Vienna in 1840 at the age of 71.
Our images nr.13-16 show several other works of this artist.
Provenance: antique trade, Vienna
Condition: Fairly good; slight vertical crack; in original Empire ormolu frame
Creation Year: 1803
Measurements:UNFRAMED:19,0x13,5cm/7,5x5,3in FRAMED: 21,0x15,5cm/8,3x6,1in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription:signed and dated: C. Hummel 1803; verso: old legend
Creator: Carl Ludwig Hummel de Bourdon
Creator Dates: ca.1769 Besançon (FR)-1840 Vienna
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