Antique Russian General Miniature Portrait Count Nikolay Mikhailovich Kamensky

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Museum-quality antique, early 19th century, superb quality, finely hand-painted Russian miniature portrait of Count Nikolay Mikhailovich Kamensky (1776-1811), attributed to the Russian painter Ivan Gavrilovitch Grigoriev (born 1780—died in the first half of the 19th century). 

Watercolor and gouache on a natural wafer.

The count is depicted in a general green uniform with a red collar embroidered with gold oak leaves, gold epaulets, a black stock, wearing a blue moiré sash of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew across his chest, the order St. George (2nd Class) suspended from his neck, the Star of the Order of St Alexander Nevsky on his chest, and two other orders.


The oval miniature is mounted in an oval inner frame of gilded bronze with flat glass housed in a rectangular ebony wood frame, backed by lacquered cardboard fitted with an easel to stand and a suspension ring to hang on the wall.


REFERENCES: This miniature portrait is similar to the miniature portrait of Nikolay Mikhailovich Kamensky from the collection of Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich (1859–1919), a collection of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich. Exhibitions: Historical Exhibition of Art Objects, St. Petersburg 1904, p. 8, No. 68.

Literature: "Russian portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries" by Komelova G.N., Printseva G.A.

"Unknown miniaturist of the first third of the 19th century" by Ivan Grigoriev, p. 262-263.


Please see the last picture in the listing.



Russian miniature portraits attributed to Ivan Gavrilovitch Grigoriev are rare, and not many have survived to this day.

We searched reference books, museum catalogs, and the internet for other miniature portraits attributed to Ivan Gavrilovitch Grigoriev and found only the following 3 miniatures.


1. Portrait-miniature of Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov in State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.


2. Portrait of a young officer, GRIGORIEV IVAN (18th-19th century), signed with initials, was sold at MacDougall's Fine Art Auctions, London, UK, on June 8, 2016. Lot 103, for 10,000-15,000 GBP.



3. Portrait d’Ekaterina Nikolaevna née princesse Koudacheva was sold at Ader Paris auction in France in 2017 "ART RUSSE" sale, Lot 22 for 5,000 EUR.



Dimensions of the ebony frame: 12 cm x 11 cm (4.72 inches x 4.33 inches).

Dimensions of the inner bronze frame: 7 cm x 6 cm (2.76 inches x 2.36 inches)


CONDITION: This original painting is in very good condition and has no restorations or repairs.


Russian General of the Napoleonic Wars Count Nikolay Mikhailovich Kamensky (1776-1811) was born to a prominent Russian family: General Nikolay Mikhailovich Kamensky, son of Field Marshal Mikhail Kamenski and brother of Sergei Kamenski. He studied at the Cadets School. In 1787, he was appointed his father's aide-de-camp. Emperor Paul I promoted him to Major General in 1799, when Kamensky chose to join Suvorv during the Swiss campaign against Napoleon.

By the time the Finish War was the most brilliant campaign of his career, he was promoted to Full General in 1809 and achieved important successes against the Swedes at Kourtane and Oravais. It was he who devised a daring plan for the Russian infantry to cross the frozen Gulf of Bothnia from Finland towards Umea and Aland, which forced Sweden to cede Finland to Emperor Alexander I of Russia.

When the war in the north was over, Kamensky succeeded Bagration in charge of the Danube Army, which operated against the Turks in the Russo-Turkish War (1806-1812). Accompanied by his elder brother Sergei, Nikolay Kamensky stormed Silistra and Pazardzhik. They together defeated a Turkish force of 40,000 at the Battle of Batin on September 9, 1810.

On October 26, 1810, he roundly defeated a 40,000-strong army of Osman Pasha at Vidin. The Russians lost only 1,500 men, compared with losses of 10,000 for their opponents.

On February 4, 1811, Kamensky caught the fever and was transported to Odessa for convalescence. He died three months later, on May 4, 1811, at the age of 34.

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Militaria & Weapons
Military Art
Antiques (approx100yrs)
Early 19th century
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mixed material