COUNT ZOUBOFF.

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Photos: Jonathan Russell.

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Valentin Zubov in 1905 (image: Wikipedia, unattributed).

Count Zouboff (Comte Valentin Platonovič Zubov, 1884-1969) was a Russian aristocrat and art historian. Aged about 25, he spent the winter of 1908-9 in Italy working on his doctoral thesis on the architect Carlo Rossi, and had the above portrait painted by Annie at Salsomaggiore Terme, a town in northern Italy. Zubov founded the Russian Institute of Art History 1912, housing it in the family home which was built by Rossi in the 1840s.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 1538 x 1934 mm (2.97 m²), unframed.
  • History: dated 1908-9; exhibited 1923, Manchester (visible in exhibition photographs) and also visible hanging on a wall in a photograph of Annie’s studio; on display at The French Gallery, New Bond Street (The Graphic, 5 December 1931); presented to the Tate “by Messrs Wallis and Son 1932” (www.tate.org.uk) – Henry Wallis had been the proprietor of ‘The French Gallery,’ a commercial art dealership in London which closed in 1929; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
  • Location: Tate.

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