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Bust of Czar Nicholas I of Russia (1796-1855)
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Bust of Czar Nicholas I of Russia (1796-1855)

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Rauch was extremely famous in his time, and he and the numerous sculptors he trained dominated German sculpture during the first half of the 19th century. The writer Anna Jameson declared that "no modern sculptor enjoys a higher or more universal reputation," while the critic J. Beavington Atkinson described him as "the sculptor who eclipses all others." Rauch was viewed by contemporaries as able to combine the ideal with a modern sensibility. His work was widely collected and commissioned by the royal houses of Europe. There is another almost identical bust by Rauch of the emperor in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, but it is dated 1821. For more on this object, see Gabriella Tassinari, I ritratti dello zar Nicola I incisi su intaglio e cammei, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, vol. 68, no 3, (Sonderdruck, 2005). p. 363.

Cleaned to remove dirt and grime; deteriorated repair to marble at lower edge removed and replaced with conservation grade materials.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentCleaned, repaired
11/30/2015ExaminationCleaned for exhibition.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexander Polovtsoff, Paris; Miss Mary Churchill Humphrey; given to Walters Art Museum, 1957.
Inscriptions [Inscription] In Russian; [Date] 1834
Credit Gift of Miss Mary Churchill Humphrey in memory of Alexander Polovtsoff, 1957

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1834 (Modern)
white marble
Accession Number
H: 24 13/16 × W: 15 5/16 × D: 10 5/8 in. (63 × 38.86 × 27 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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