After Jean-Louis Voille
"Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich (1754-1801), Later Emperor Paul I of Russia ", 19th century
oil on canvas
unsigned, a "Rowley Gallery Ltd./Kensington" label en verso.
26-1/4" x 20-1/8", framed 34-1/2" x 29"
Provenance: Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.
Notes: Pavel Petrovich, the only son of Emperor Paul I and Catherine the Great, had a brief reign of five years that ended in his assassination by members of the Court who favored his son, Alexander.
The unfortunate Grand Duke is presented wearing the sash and star of the Order of St. Andrew and the badge of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky.
Jean-Louis Voille was the official painter of the Court of the Grand Duke, and produced several portraits of the future Emperor. A painting nearly identical to the one offered here was sold at Christie's, London, July 6, 2011, lot 181.