Adolf Ulrich WERTMÜLLER. Portrait of Jean-Charles Wittfooth


WERTMÜLLER Adolf Ulrich (Stockholm 1751 - Wilmington 1801).
« Portrait de Jean-Charles Wittfooth en habit de chasse ». (Portrait of Jean-Charles Wittfooth in Hunting Attire).

Canvas and stretcher of origin.
Signed, located and dated on the baldrick: A. Wertmüller/Bordeaux 1789.
73 x 60 cm (28-3/4 x 23-1/2 in.) (Accidents and losses).

Provenance: By direct descendent of Madame Jacques Balguerie, maiden name Molly Anne Caroline Wittfooth.

Bibliography : - M. Benisovich, Wertmüller and his house ledger entitled « Notte », in « Gazette des Beaux Arts », July-December,1956, p. 52 ; G.W. Lundberg, Wertmüller, Swedish painter for Marie-Antoinette, her stay in Bordeaux 1788-1890, Bordeaux, 1970, p. 31, n' 31, repr. pl. 13.
- Adolf-Ulrich Wertmüller in Bordeaux (1788-1790) in [Expo. Bordeaux, 1989] Le port des Lumières. La peinture à Bordeaux (Port of Lights, Painting in Bordeaux) (1750-1800), pp. 335-352, , fig. 6 p. 339.
Family of diplomats, the Wittfooth's, father and son, served as general consulates from Russia at Bordeaux.

Peter the Great created the position in order to develop trade links between Russia and France. These ties became intense in the second half of the 18th century. Hence the port of Bordeaux ensured that half of the French colonial goods were re-exported to the north.

Our painting is a charming portrait of the son of the Wittfooth house, Jean-Charles, dressed as a hunter with a face still as an adolescent while his father is in a more ceremonial consul attire.

Both portraits show the social and financial success of the Wittfooth's. Jean-Charles was one of the owners of Limburg Chateau in Pessac-Léognan.

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