Portrait of Countess Maria Petrovna Valueva

Vladimir Hau(1816-1895)
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reference number: RG_005


watercolour heightened with gouache over pencil on paper

23.5 х 18 cm

signed in Latin and dated: W.Hau 1843

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Sotheby’s London, May 22, 2002, lot 4


L.A. Karnauhova, T.G. Dmitrieva, S.I. Arkhangelsky, Vladimir Ivanovich Hau: Russian Intimate Portrait, Moscow, 2010, p. 186, no. 121


Countess Maria Petrovna Valueva, née Vyazemskaya (1813-1849) was a famous society beauty of the Pushkin era. The daughter of the poet Pyotr Andreevich Vyazemsky and Vera Fyodorovna, née Princess Gagarina, Maria Petrovna spent her childhood in Moscow. In 1832, the Vyazemsky family moved to St.Petersburg. In 1835, Maria became a maid of honour to the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Soon afterwards she married Pyotr Aleksandrovich Valuev, kammer-yunker, later a prominent politician. Money for the bride’s dowry was granted personally by Nicholas I.

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