Nicolas Benjamin Delapierre, Portrait of a Young Russian Soldier
Nicolas Benjamin Delapierre (vers 1739-1802)

Portrait of a Young Russian Soldier, 1783

Oil on canvas (oval), H. 0.6 m; W. 0.51 m

Signed and dated lower right: de la Pierre. / 1783.

Provenance: Private collection, France

Doubtless related to a family of painters from Lyon, Delapierre was trained in Paris by Carle van Loo and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. He worked in Russia for several years, first in Moscow where he painted the portrait of Catherine II’s only son in 1767, the future Russian Emperor Paul I. Invited to St. Petersburg by Catherine II in 1768, Delapierre painted the Empress’s portrait and those of many members of her court. His portrait of Count Pyotr Borisovich Sheremetev (1713-1788), one of the richest men of his time is dated 1770. He also left an effigy of the French sculptor Nicolas-François Gillet (1712-1791), director of the Academy of St. Petersburg. Delapierre returned to France at the latest in 1786, when he exhibited four portraits at the Lyon Salon des Arts.