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New Portrait for Royal Castle
November 12, 2008   
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A portrait of famous 18th-century royal watchmaker Franciszek Gugenmus is the newest addition to works of art on display at Warsaw's Royal Castle.

The painting by Kazimierz Wojniakowski dates from 1810 and the Royal Castle is a fitting home for the portrait: it was here that both the watchmaker and Wojniakowski perfected their crafts. The painting was donated to the Royal Castle's art collection by the Budimex company.

Gugenmus learned his trade at the Royal Castle under the instruction of his father, himself a watchmaker to the royal court. Gugenmus produced timepieces for aristocrats and the elite in Warsaw, including the last ruler of Poland, King Stanisław August.

Wojniakowski, who was born in Cracow, also worked at the Royal castle during King Stanisław August's rule and the king was one of the artist's first subjects.

The Gugenmus painting, meanwhile, is one of Wojniakowski's last works. He paid great attention to detail, representing his subjects realistically, with a delicate hint of idealism, and became one of the great artists to emerge from the Royal Castle.

Wojniakowski's painting of gugenmus now hangs on the first floor of the Royal Castle, where the watchmaker's timepieces are also displayed.
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