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Johann Heinrich Schroeder "Charlotte Dorothea Knappe von Knappstaedt", high quality pastel!!, 1804/05

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According to the sitter's dress and hairstyle, this portrait was executed sometime in the mid-1800s, i.e. shortly after the portrayed woman's wedding (it took place in 1804; see below).

We are dealing here with a superb quality pastel portrait painted by Germany's best pastelist of the turn of the 19th century, Johann Heinrich Schroeder. The portrait shows 28/29-year-old Charlotte Dorothea Knappe von Knappstaedt, nee von Muetzschefahl, descendant of the (perished by now) ancient Lower Saxonian noble family "von Muetzschefahl" (Mützschefahl; see our image nr.9).
In 1804, Charlotte Dorothea married Prussian "Premierleutnant" (1st lieutenant) August Christoph Knappe von Knappstaedt (1775-1852; see our image nr.10), who later became a colonel; in 1838, he was pensioned in the rank of a "major general of reserve".
The couple had nine children (two of their sons also became generals of the Prussian Army). Charlotte Dorothea died in 1851.

The best German pastelist of the late 18th century Johann Heinrich Schroeder (Schröder) was born in 1757 in Meiningen, Thuringia (which was then residence town of Duchy Saxe-Meiningen). His early work shows the influence of Johann Philipp Bach who may also have taught him. However, by 1778 he had become a pupil of J.H.Tischbein in Kassel where he exhibited two works at "Junge Maler" in the Academy show in 1780: one pastel portrait, the other a Cleopatra after Titian (medium unspecified). He travelled to Hanover (ca. 1780-84), Brunswick (court artist 1785), Frankfurt, Mannheim, Dresden (1786), Kassel (1787, returning in 1804), Berlin (1789-1792 and 1793-1806). His first trip to Berlin was mentioned in a letter from January 1789 of Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel to her sister-in-law, Elisabeth Christine, Queen of Prussia.
From 1792-1793 Schroeder was in London, following the marriage of the Prussian Princess Friederike with the Duke of York; there he portrayed the Royal Family and exhibited three portraits of unnamed sitters at the Royal Academy. Returning to Germany via The Netherlands, he made a portrait of Queen Luise of Prussia which was widely copied. He was in Brunswick in 1801 before settling in his home town Meiningen after 1806. There were further trips to Bad Pyrmont (1806) and Karlsruhe (1810-1811). He also executed a series of portraits of the Baden Royal Family in the 1800s.
He died in his native town Meiningen in 1812.

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Provenance: private collection, Germany

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1804/05

Measurements: UNFRAMED:34,7x27,7cm/13,7x10,9in FRAMED: 40,7x34,4cm/16,0x13,5in

Object Type: Framed pastel

Style: Old Master drawings

Technique: pastel on vellum (mounted onto stretcher by the artist)

Inscription: verso: old legend

Creator: Johann Heinrich Schroeder
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Creator Dates: 1757 Meiningen-1812 Meiningen

Nationality: German


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