Signed and dated Roslin sveda Paris 1763. Ulric Scheffer was the Swedish ambassador in Paris during the mid 18th century. This portrait of him was painted by Roslin in Paris 1763, and was exhibited at the Art Salon the same year where it received large criticism for its rather unusual, and at the time, old fashioned composition.

Ulric Scheffer married the widow of Erik Brahe, Christina Piper in 1773. This portrait, together with Scheffers personal library, was transferred to Skokloster Castle just after the death of Christina Piper in January 1800.


  • Title: Our Man in Paris
  • Creator: Alexander Roslin
  • Date Created: 1763
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • artist: Alexander Roslin
  • Tags: Portrait, Rococo
  • Physical Dimensions: w 890, h 1170 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Alexander Roslin was born in Malmoe, but early on left for Stockholm, where he studied under the painter Georg Engelhard Schröder for five years from 1736. There are no records of under whom Roslin continued his studies after he left Sweden in the early 1740s but most likely they where conducted under the supervision of the director of the French Academy in Rome Jean Francois de Troy during the late 1740s. Of great importance to his future career was his stay at the court of Parma in 1751, where he made the necessary connections for his move to Paris one year later. Roslin got elected to the French Academy of Art in 1757, and made himself known as the portrait painter of the French and foreign aristocracy in Paris during the third quarter of the 18th century. Alexander Roslins style of painting often tries to visualize the aristocratic ideals of grace and elegance.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: http://emuseumplus.lsh.se/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&objectId=24513&viewType=detailView, Skokloster Castle

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