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Alexei Sergeyevich Suvorin (1834–1912), a publisher, publicist, theatre critic and writer. From 1858 worked in provincial publications and was printed in the “Sovremennik”. He collaborated in “Sankt-Peterburgskye vedomosti” (St Petersburg News) and other St Petersburg newspapers from 1863. In the city he published the newspaper “Novoye vremya” (New Times) (from 1876), the journal “Istorichesky vestnik” (Historical Bulletin) (from 1880) and scientific literature. The mass publication of works by Russian and foreign writers in the Cheap Library series played an important educative role. He paid particular attention to the availability of books and opened his first shop on Nevsky Prospekt in St Petersburg in 1878; after this shops appeared in many large towns.
Kramskoi, Ivan Nikolaevich
1837, Ostrogozhsk (Voronezh Province) - 1887 St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, portraitist, history painter. Worked as a retoucher with a travelling photographer (1853-57). Studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1857-63). Initiator of the rebellion of the fourteen (1863). Headed the St Petersburg Artel of Artists (1863-70). One of the founders and the ideological head of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1870-87). Academician (1869). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts, World Exhibition in Paris (1878) and the All-Russian Exhibition in Moscow (1882). Taught at the School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1863- 69, with interval). Member of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1863-69, with intervals).