Georg Christoph Grooth (German, 17161749)
Oil on canvas; 31 3/8 x 24 1/2 in. (79.7 x 62.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear Jr., 1978 (1978.554.2)
Grooth, born in Stuttgart, arrived in Saint Petersburg in 1743 and died there in 1749, at the age of thirty-three. From 1746, he was court painter to Elizabeth. This is a reduced replica with some differences in detail of his 1743 portrait of the empress (Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow).