Large Moscow Portrait of a Sword-bearing Officer with an
"Archducal" Mustache and Goatee.
Matboard is 5 7/8" by 9 ¾" in size; the oval image area is 3
1/8" by 6". Gold leaf studio imprint reads, "A. S. Krupnov,
Moscow". Striped sword knot on officer's sword could indicate
a St. George weapon. Reverse is blank.
Very good condition. Edges of the gray-green matte are bumped
and worn. There is incidental staining on the matte and the
back of it shows much foxing. The photograph of the soldier is
still perfectly sound, however.
The posture of this unknown officer is fascinating: it is
almost as if he has deliberately assumed the attitude of one
of the archdukes - coupled with his mustache and goatee, it is
almost as if he is imitating Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich!