Portrait of Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth (1787-1867) [Part II]

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Portrait of Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth (1787-1867) [Part II]

At the time of writing, no correspondence emerged to shed light on the production of this portrait or the choice of the garments worn by the count. The signature in the lower right hand corner of the painting tells us that the portrait was painted – or at the very least completed – by the artist in Paris in 1837.

It is most likely that the portrait was exhibited at the Salon of 1837, and given the Salon’s submission deadlines, it can be surmised that the portrait was completed in winter of 1837. This may explain the reason why the count is wearing such warm and cosy garments.

However, it is also known that Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth was a career diplomat, who served as Bavaria’s Ambassador in Paris from 1835 to 1839. Therefore, another reason for the choice of the count’s outfit might stem from traditional portrayal of ambassadors. The most famous representation is undoubtedly The Ambassadors, by Hans Holbein the Younger (1553, oil on panel, National Gallery, London), which shows the Ambassador on the left hand side of the painting not only in similar robes richly decorated with furs, but standing in a pose, which is echoed in Winterhalter’s portrait of the count von Jenison zu Walworth, albeit in reverse.

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© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

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