Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria (from 1848 to 1916) and King of Hungary (1867-1916) is portrayed in uniform, wearing the sash and star of the Garter and the Golden Fleece. This portrait was presented by the Emperor to diplomat Sir Horace Rumbold on his retirement from the British Embassy in Vienna in September 1900 (having served in Austria since 1897). The portrait was loaned to the Embassy in 1969 by Sir Anthony Rumbold, grandson of Sir Horace and the then British Ambassador to Austria (1967-70). It was purchased for the Government Art Collection from Sir Anthony’s widow, Lady Pauline Rumbold, in 1984.
Kazimierz Pochwalski was born in Poland in 1855. He first studied with his father, who was also an artist, and then attended the School of Fine Arts in Cracow, before moving to the Academy in Munich. He travelled on study tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, and also worked in Paris and Rome. In 1893 he was appointed Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, and won medals for his work exhibited in Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Paris. He enjoyed considerable success as a fashionable society portrait painter, and examples of his work can be seen in Lemberg, Cracow, Poznan (Posen) and Warsaw.
Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830-1916) Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary
Oil on canvas
height: 86.00 cm, width: 66.00 cm
Purchased from Lady Pauline Rumbold, December 1984
Commissioned by the sitter; by whom presented to diplomat Sir Horace Rumbold (1829-1913; HM Ambassador to Austria 1896-1900) in 1900; by descent to actress and poet Pauline Laetitia Tennant [married names: Pitt-Rivers, Graham, Rumbold], Lady Rumbold (1927-2008); from whom purchased by the Government Art Collection in December 1984
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