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Anna Szaniawska

c 1780
Object type
41,4 x 32,3 cm
Acquisition date
The Palace on the Isle - Picture Gallery, ground floor
Marks and inscriptions
red number 2230 of the Stanisław August collection, top left
Place of Origin
Poland (Europe)
The Royal Łazienki
Museum number
ŁKr 135
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Anna Scipio del Campo (c. 1730–95) in c. 1747 was married to Felicjan Konstanty Szaniawski, Starost of Małogoszcz. In 1766 a separation was announced, and the Starost’s wife led an independent and busy social life, running a fashionable salon in the Szaniawskis’ Palace on Miodowa Street in Warsaw. As a friend of the King, and of his sister, Izabela Branicka, she was a frequent guest both at the Royal Castle and the Łazienki. Anna Szaniawska was known to be a great admirer of small dogs, in particular the then fashionable toy Maltese breed. … She was depicted with one of her favourites by Friedrich Anton Lohrmann, who had recently arrived in Warsaw. …

The painting can be dated to c. 1780, based above all on the appearance of the Łazienki Palace which is visible in the background, on the right. The building of the former Lubomirski Bathhouse (bought by the king in 1764, together with the Ujazdów estate) acquired this form after renovation work undertaken by Stanisław August in 1777, and before the next phase of work which in 1784 resulted in further changes to the south-facing elevation. The Palace was painted from the south-west and despite the picture’s small size and the sketchy manner of painting, the façade with the triangular pediment and elevated awnings above the windows in its central part are visible, also known from watercolours by Lohrmann, formerly in the Print Room of Warsaw University Library … . [See D. Juszczak, H. Małachowicz, The Stanisław August Collection of Paintings at the Royal Łazienki. Catalogue, Royal Łazienki Museum, Warsaw 2016, no. 63, pp. 245–247.]

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