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Prince Vasily Sergeevich Golitsyn (1792-1856) wearing a blue coat and a ribbon of the Royal Swedish Order of the Sword, Knight Class , c.1825

 Russian School 

Prince Vasily Sergeevich Golitsyn (1792-1856) wearing a blue coat and a ribbon of the Royal Swedish Order of the Sword, Knight Class,  Russian School
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Watercolour on ivory
19th Century
Oval, 2 31/64in., 63mm high
 
Provenance:
Collection A.K. Faberge Private American collection
Literature:
Grand Duke N.M Romanov, Russian Portraits of the 18th and 19th Centuries: Edition of Grand Duke Mikhailovich of Russia, (St. Petersburg, 1905-1909), IV, no.136, illustrated. A.A. Galitzine/C.H. Galitzine, The Princes Galitzine. Before 1917 and Afterwards, (Washingon, D.C., 2002), illustrated p.371.
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The house of Golitsyn, of which Prince Vasily Sergeevich Golitsyn belongs, was founded in the fifteenth century in the Duchy of Lithuania and is one of the largest and most prestigious of the noble houses of Russia. The house descends from the Lithuanian Prince George, son of Patrikas and, having immigrated to the court of Vasily I, Grand Prince of Moscow, married Vasily’s sister.

Prince Vasily Sergeevich Golitsyn was a Commander in the Cossack regiment in 1813 and later became a state councillor and chamberlain from 1821. He married Elena Aleksandrovna Naryshkina (1785-1855), a Russian noblewoman and daughter of Aleksandr Lvovich Naryshkin, Grand Master of the Imperial Hunt. Prince Vasily can be seen in this portrait wearing a ribbon of the Royal Swedish Order of the Sword, although the badge for this order is not visible. This award was given to officers and was intended to reward bravery or a particularly long service. There were originally three grades for this award: Knight, Commander and Commander Grand Cross, of which Prince Vasily’s ribbon is Knight Class.
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