Fryderyk Chopin in his youth
Josef Kriehuber, after Moritz Michael Daffinger, from 1830 [?], lithograph [c.1831?], 105 x 102.
Collection: Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw [G.6835 T.I–38].
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This miniature portrait of Chopin, familiar thanks to a lithograph produced by the excellent graphic artist Josef Kriehuber, was supposedly painted by the well-known Viennese miniaturist Moritz Daffinger. The composer writes about sending this portrait in a letter from Vienna to his friend, Jan Matuszyński, of 26 December 1830: ‘My portrait, about which only you and I are to know, a tiny miniature: should you think that it might bring at least a little pleasure, then I’ll send it to you through Schuch, who may, if circumstances bid, be leaving with Freyer around the 15th of next month’ [Sydow, i, 166]. Jan Matuszyński presented the miniature to Konstancja Gładkowska, for whom it was intended.