Portrait of Catherine The Great in Travelling Clothes, circa 1800

circa 1800
oil on canvas
in original 19th century frame
23.5 × 18.5 cm

There are few Western rulers who attain the sobriquet “the Great” and Catherine, who was born in Pomerania as Princess Sophie of Anhalt Zerbst, attained her greatness by marrying her second cousin Peter, the heir to the Russian throne and grandson of Peter the Great, and then politicking her way to attaining supreme power.

Ruling as one fo the “enlightened despots” of the late 18th century, she mentally traversed great distances, corresponding with Diderot, Voltaire and other great minds of Europe as well as travelling extensively through her expanding empire, usually in pursuit of one of her lovers.

In this small copy of Mikhail Shibanov’s famous portrait she wears a red velvet travelling coat and fur hat, and not forgetting her position her orders are pinned to her breast, her wise face as described by painter Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun: “her genius seemed to rest on her forehead, which was both high and wide. Her eyes were soft and sensitive, her nose quite Greek, her colour high and her features expressive.”


Contact us to obtain a shipping quote for what you are interested in. object@michaelreid.com.au +61 2 6546 6767

Due to the unique nature of every artwork with relation to size, weight, distance and value – shipping costs will need to be quoted individually for each sale. We can arrange shipping at cost for you through one of our trusted partners and will present the options available to you.

Q: How much is shipping?
A: Delivery costs will vary from artwork to artwork – but we will provide you the options available to you at cost.

Q: Will my artworks be insured in transit?
A: Yes, all artworks will be covered by insurance en route to you. 

Q: When will my artwork arrive?
A: In most cases we can get your artwork to you within 5 working days within Australia.

Enquire about this item