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Carl Heinrich Brandt (1724-1787) "Count von Rumford-?", large miniature, 1780s

Price: 1750  EUR

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The sitter strongly resembles living from 1785 in Munich (where he became aide-de-camp to the Prince-Elector Karl Theodor) Anglo-American physicist and inventor and before all famous Bavarian statesman - Sir Benjamin Thompson, Reisgraf (Count of Holy Roman Empire) von Rumford (for comparison, see our web # 35328).

Carl Heinrich (Heinrich Karl) Brandt (or Brand) was born in 1724 in Vienna and died in 1787 (committing a suicide) in Munich. He was a son of the Vienna painter Christian Hilfgott Brand, the brother of artist Friedrich August Brand and half-brother of artist Johann Christian Brand. He studied in 1739-1745 under Jacob von Schuppen at the Vienna Academy; in 1745-47 - was a pupil of Viennese court portraitist Martin van Meytens the Younger. En route to Paris he made a stopover in Frankfurt, where he portrayed Count Johann Carl Philipp von Cobenzl, who recommended him to Kurfuerst of Mainz, Johann Friedrich Carl von Ostein. The latter then appointed Brandt in 1749 a court miniaturist. From 1750 to 1752 the artist worked in Paris. Afterwards, having returned to Mainz, he founded his own Private Academy.
After 1765 he lived in Mannheim, where in 1766 was also appointed a court portraitist. In 1770 he became a professor and secretary of Kurfuerst Carl Theodor (sic!). In the early-1780s the artist settled in Munich. In 1784 he received a commission from Carl Theodor to execute nine large royal portraits for the "grand sale" of Palace Bretzenheim in Munich.
Due to a denunciation, Kurfuerst ordered Brandt to be shorn of all his privileges and financial support, which resulted in latter's taking his own life on the 6th (7th?) of May 1787.
Brandt was considered, next to Johann Georg Ziesenis, to be one of the most important Mannheim portrait painters of Carl-Theodor period.
His works can be viewed in Museums of Heidelberg, Mainz, Mannheim, etc.

Provenance: German private collection


Condition: good; in original German wood and brass late-18th-century frame

Creation Year: ca 1780

Measurements:UNFRAMED:14,0x11,2cm/5,5x4,4in FRAMED: 17,1x14,2cm/6,7x5,6in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniature

Technique: watercolor on paper

Inscription:verso is signed: Carl Brand fec.

Creator: Carl Heinrich Brandt

Creator Dates: 1724 Vienna-1787 Munich

Nationality:Austrian / German


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