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Born in the Silesian town of Glogow in 1801, Polish artist Martin Jablonski received artistic instruction throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire; studying variously in Lviv, Warsaw, Krakow and Vienna, until he was able to establish his career as a portraitist in 1820. In addition to his portraiture, for which he is perhaps best known, Jablonski composed paintings of a religious nature, predominantly for the decoration of altarpieces. He was also a prolific lithographer, producing works on subjects as diverse as a sequence of forty Galician landscapes based upon the descriptions of Steczynski, a series of twenty-four depictions of the busts of the Kings of Poland, various Central European cityscapes and an illustrated overview of traditional Polish costume. As far as is known, Jablonski remained in Central and Eastern Europe for the entirety of his career, which came to an end upon the artist’s death in Lviv in 1870.