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Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur "Portraits of artist's wife and her brother", two miniatures, 1814

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Acquired together with a lot of other miniature portraits of members of the Stuttgart noble family of Freiherren (Barons) von Faber du Faur these two superior quality miniatures turned out to be counterparts, namely painted in 1814 by celebrated Stuttgart artist and artillery officer Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur portraits of his 26-year-old newlywed wife (wedding took place on 28 July 1814) Margarete (Marie Margarete Walpurga) von Hierlinger and Felwebel (sergeant-major (NCO)) of Wuerttembergian Fussjäger (foot chasseuers) Regiment No. 9 ("König"), presumably (we could not find much about him) Imanuel Joseph von Hierlinger (b. 1784), latter's brother

We are 100% sure, both miniatures are really works of Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur - Blättel in his "Internationales Lexikon Miniatürmaler..." mentions him as (a. o.) portrait miniaturist (!). Also indisputable is sitter's identity from the female portrait - it bears on verso old label with authentic inscription: "Margarethe von Faber du Faur /geb.(oren) von Hierlinger /Gattin vom Wilh.(elm) v.(on) F.(aber) d.(u) F.(aur)". Also lady's visual age, dress and hair-style convincingly speak for 1814.
Coincerning the second portrait we have to say that initially we believed to deal with artist's self-portrait. Recently one of our correspondents on Facebook, specialist in German military uniforms informed us that the man on this portrait wears not an uniform of an officer of Wuerttembergian horse artillery (then that of our artist) but another, described above. Due to fact that these two minatures were executed by the same hand and practically simultaneously we believe now the man on second portrait has to be only a brother of the lady. And Mme Faber du Faur had single (!) brother - Imaniel von Hierlinger who in 1814 was in age of 30 what fully corresponds to visual age of "our" man.

Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur was born on August 18th1780 in Stuttgart as a son of a high ranking government official and died in the same city on February 6th 1857. He first devoted himself to painting but volunteered for the Wuertembergian army in 1809, serving in the artillery (from August 1810). As an Oberlieutenant (1st Lieutenant) he participated in the French invasion of Russia (in Russia called "Patriotic War of 1812") which he sketched as it progressed. His sketches were exhibited in 1816 and subsequently he used them to produce color plates. In 1831-44 he published some of them with text in a work entitles "Blätter aus meinem Portefeuille im Laufe des Feldzugs 1812". His most noteworthy paintings are "The Passage of the Berezina", a work of great merit, and "The Coffee House of Wilna". He attained the rank of major-general in 1849.

His newlywed wife Margarete (see our images nr.20-21) was born on 14 July 1788 as a daughter of Wuerttembergian high-ranking official Wiilibald Joseph Matthis von Hierlinger. Her husband outlived her for eleven years - she died in Frankfurt a. M. on 6 February 1846 (see our image nr.22 with her and husband's grave at Frankfurt a. M. "Hauptfriedhof" cemetery.

The couple had two sons - Moritz Gustav Adolf (b. 1825) and Adolf Eduard Otto (1828-1901; he also became a well-known artist - CLICK HERE as well as his son (and the sitters' grandson) Hans von Faber du Faur CLICK HERE).

Interesting detail: Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur was seriously wounded in the Battle of Bautzen (20/21 May 1813) and have not participated in campaign of 1814 (what definetely means he married and painted these two portraits during his rehabilitation period in native Stuttgart - shortly before or just after his wedding).

Provenance: heirs of the family von Faber du Faur

Condition: good

Creation Year: 1814

Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,2x6,8cm/3,2x2,7in FRAMED: 9,0x7,5cm/3,5x3,0in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: -

Creator: Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 18.8.1780 in Stuttgart-6.2.1857 ibid.

Nationality: German

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