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Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich, later Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia
  • Pietro de Rossi (1761 - 1831)
  • Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich, later Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia
  • Russia
  • c. 1822-5
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory, rock crystal, quartz.
  • Sight size: 3.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Signature: 'P.de Rossi f.'
  • M291
  • West Gallery III
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  • Rossi's miniature is apparently based on a whole-length portrait of the sitter (St. Petersburg, Hermitage) painted by the English artist George Dawe in 1821 when Nicholas was still Grand Duke. The future 4th Marquess of Hertford visited Moscow in 1825, and two years later his father, the 3rd Marquess, went to Russia on behalf of George IV to present Nicholas with the Order of the Garter. It is not known how this miniature (which has a frame of high quality rock crystals) entered the Hertfords' collections. But, because it depicts Nicholas before he became Tsar, it seems more likely that it was given to the future 4th Marquess by the sitter in 1825 than to the 3rd Marquess two years later, although the latter is not impossible. Although of Italian descent, Pietro de Rossi was born and died in St. Petersburg.