painted by Joseph Kriehuber
Oil on canvas
50 x 39,5 cm
Oval with a depiction of a man turned a quarter to the left, showing his figure to below the knees. He is dressed in a blue uniform with gold braiding, a white cape with a red collar thrown over the shoulders. His gloved right hand holds a sabre-hilt. A deep landscape in the background shows tents to the right and a forest to the left. The signature in the bottom right-hand corner reads: Kriehuber 1849.
Josip Jelacic had followed in his father Franjo's footsteps and devoted himself to military career. He had begun his schooling at the Vienna Theresianum, and continued in Galicia. From 1830 to 1835 he fought with his regiment in Italy. In the revolutionary year of 1848 he was appointed the Croatian viceroy (ban). He put down unrest in Hungary and in Vienna, thus saving the Austrian crown from ruin. Jelacic was a supporter of the Croatian national movement. He had remained the Croatian ban until his death.
Joseph Kriehuber (Vienna 1800 - 1876), a popular Viennese lithographer active in the middle of 19th century, had made several lithographic portraits of ban Jelacic. Apart from the oil on canvas, the Museum Collection holds two other signed portraits in watercolours by the same artist.
Bought in 1992 from Mira Sedmak from Zagreb.
M. Bregovac Pisk, Portreti plemstva u XIX. stoljecu, (exhibition catalogue), Gornja Stubica, 1995, catalogue number 16.