Oil on Canvas
134 x 104,5
Cleopatra Bezborodko holds a miniature portrait of her brother Andrei studded with diamonds. Countess Anna Ilinichna Bezborodko (1766–1824): Born Anna Shiryai. Wife of full privy councilor and senator Count Ilya Bezborodko (1756–1815).
Countess Lyubov Ilinichna Bezborodko (1782–1809): Eldest daughter of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Lady in waiting to Empress Marie Fyodorovna (1797). Married the admiral Count Grigory Kushelev (1799). Her son Alexander (1800–1855) was granted permission to call himself Count Kushelev-Bezborodko to prevent the Bezborodko name from dying out (1816).
Countess Cleopatra Ilinichna Bezborodko (1787–1840): Youngest daughter of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Married the adjutant general and collector of art Prince Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky (1811). As the girls’ uncle, the chancellor Prince Alexander Bezborodko died without issue, Lyubov and Cleopatra inherited his enormous collection of paintings, forming the basis of the Kushelev Picture Gallery. Count Andrei Ilich Bezborodko (1783–1814): Only son of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Chamberlain.
Borovikovsky, Vladimir Lukich
1757, Mirgorod - 1825, St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, miniaturist, icon painter, portraitist. Born into a family of low rank Cossacks. Studied painting under his father, the icon painter Luke Borovik, in Mirgorod. Listed "above the specified number" in the Mirgorod regiment where his father and relatives served (1774). Awarded the rank of "comrade of the colours" (1783), resigned with the rank of lieutenant. Moved to St Petersburg (1788) and studied under Dmitry Levitsky and Johann Baptiste I Lampi. Nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts (1794), academician of portrait painting (1795). Councillor of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1802). Contributed to the iconostasis of the Kazan Cathedralin St Petersburg (1804). Mason and member of Ekaterina Tatarinova''s mystical sect.