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Count Andrey Kyrillovich Razumovsky

oil on canvas
63.8 × 52.7 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1962
Gallery location
17th & 18th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Commissioned by Count Andrey Kyrillovich Razumovsky (1752–1836) in 1776, and kept in the Palais Razumovksy, Vienna until c. 1836; collection of Maria Vasileyvna Vassiltchikova (1779–1844); collection of Prince Victor Pavlovich Kotchoubey (1768–1834) and Princess Maria (née Vassiltchikova, see above), Dikanka, Ukraine and thence by descent until the Russian Revolution; exhibited Historical and Art Exhibition of Russian portraits, Tauride Palace, St Petersburg, 1905, no. 759; sold at public auction, Paris, c. 1924 (details unknown); recorded by Lundberg in Thieme-Becker in 1935 as being in a Russian private collection, France[1]; probably collection of Alvan Tufts Fuller (1878–1958), Boston, Massachusetts, before 1958; thence to the Fuller Foundation, Inc., 1958–61; loaned to Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1959 – July 1961[2]; included in the sale Fine Pictures by Old and Modern Masters: The Property of the Fuller Foundation Inc., Christie's, London, 1 December, 1961, no. 81 as Portrait of a Gentleman; purchased by Thomas Agnew & Sons (dealer), London, 1961; from where purchased, on the advice of Dr Mary Woodall, under the terms of the Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1962.

[1] Thieme-Becker, 1935, Kunstler Lexikon, vol. XXIX. This painting was the subject of an advertising supplement. See Daria Olivier, Roslin, ‘Painter to the 'Young Court' of Russia (1775-7) (Concerning a Portrait of Count Andrew Razoumovsky)’ in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 104, no. 710 (May, 1962), pp. i-iii. The provenance published here lists the painting in France in 1924, and subsequently sold at auction. The next owner is listed as ‘private collection, Boston’ which presumably refers to Fuller.

[2] Label on reverse of painting (no. TL 10,703) for inward loan to Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. Email correspondence with Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Assistant Curator for Provenance, MFA, Boston, 14 October 2009, NGV files.