Paintings and Miniatures

Miniature portrait of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich in childhood

    Miniature portrait of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich in childhood


    the 1850-1860's

    Ivory, glass, metal, enamel, lapis lazuli, leather; watercolours, gouache, casting, gilding

    15.5 х 11.9 х 8.4 cm


    A double-sided portrait miniature with a chest-high portrait of a boy in a coral-coloured Russian-style shirt is inserted in the oval glass plate. It is fixed flexible. The viewer sees not only the face of the child, but his back and neck, that is, the reverse of the miniature. The miniature is fixed on an artistically decorated stand with four Renaissance male and female figurines. The whole composition is mounted on a rectangular base lined with lapis lazuli, on the reverse side of which is the name and title of the depicted person: "ВЕЛИКIЙ КНЯЗЬ ВЛАДИМIРЪ АЛЕКСАНДРОВИЧЬ" (GRAND DUKE VLADIMIR ALEXANDROVICH). Presented series of portraits is stylistically and compositionally close to children's portraits of the 1850s by the Court artist Woldemar Hau (1816-1895). This miniature could be executed on the master's layout original.

    Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) - the Grand Duke, the third son of the Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) and the Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880), the brother of the Emperor Alexander III. Member of the State Council (1872), commander of the troops of the Guards Corps and the Petersburg Military District (1881), commander-in-chief (since 1884). Since 1876 - President of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Died in St. Petersburg. Buried in the Grand Ducal Tomb in the Peter and Paul Fortress.