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"A. F. Kvitka, Marshal of Nobility of Slobodsko-Ukrainskaya (Kharkov) Gubernia" oil miniature, 1822/24
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We bought this miniature in June 2009 from a private American collection. It is an oil portrait of a gentleman in Russian civil uniform bearing a neck cross of the Order of St. Vladimir of 3rd class and neck cross of Order of St.Anna of 2nd class. Old Cyrillic inscription on verso (clearly written by the miniature's previous owner in 1869) says: "1869 /…/Protasov /Bakhmet'ev".
A few years long, due to wrong "attribution" provided by Moscow uniformologist Dimitry Gorchkoff (due to his countless mistakes we don't collaborate wih him more!) this portrait was thought to be that of retiered general Nikolai Nikolaevich Bakhmetiev (1772-1831). Nevertheless, in June of 2016 the leading expert in Russian civil uniforms, Moscow historian Sergei A. Popov informed us that the sitter can not be N.N. Bakhmetiev; he wears an uniform of a high-ranking (due to high awards) official of Slobodsko-Ukrainskaya Gubernia (with Kharkov as centre) from the period between 1809-1824.
Mr. Popov also informed us about existence of a "twin-brother" of this portrait - large-scala oil on canvas portrait in collection of Perm State Picture Gallery ("Male portrait", 67 x 49,5 cm.; Inv.No. Zh-1167, KP-9193).
In June 2018, in attempt to identify the sitter we turned to standard Russian source - "Mesiatseslov" (state calendar). We checked its issues for avorementioned period (1809-1824), trying to find among officials of Slobodsko-Ukrainskaya (later Kharkovskaya) Gubernia person(s) in possession of St.Vladimir of 3rd class and St.Anna of 2nd class. Finally, at the end of this search, in 1823 issue of "Mesiatselslov" (reflecting state for second half of the foregoing 1822) we found our man (see our image nr.8).
He was (since 1808) "gubernski predvoditel' dvorianstva" (gubernial marshal of the nobility, CLICK HERE) Andrei Fedorovich Kvitka (1774-1844; in 1826-1830 Civil Governor of Pskovskaya Gubernia, from 1835 senator), elder brother of well-known Ukrainian writer (also living in Kharkov) Grigori Fedorovich Kvitka-Osnovyanenko (1778-1843; our image nr.13 shows latter's portrait - great fisiognomical resemblance with brother!).
His St. Anna of 2nd class Andrei Fedorovich received still on 15th October 1817. St. Vladimir of 3rd class he was awarded on 13th April 1822 (sic!).
Our images nr.9-12 provide extensive biography of this man (also CLICK HERE and HERE).
Although A.F. Kvitka had also (since 1807) "Golden Medal of "Zemskoye Voisko" ("Medal for Militia") and (since 1814) "Bronze Medal for 1812", both these medals are not shown here.
We also add that this portrait of his seems to be an unique one - we could not find any other, neither on Web nor in refference literature.
Provenance: private collection, USA
*Framed measurements will be provided upon request.
We are very grateful to Mr. Popov for his generous help
Creation Year: 1822/24
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: oil on paper
Inscription:verso is inscribed in Cyrillic: 1869 /.../Protasov /Bakhmet'ev".
Creator: Ukrainian School
Creator Dates: -
Nationality:Ukrainian / Russian
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