Oil on сanvas
76 х 116
State Russian Museum
Series of views of St Petersburg believed to have been painted for the centenary of St Petersburg. The entire series can be dated between 1796 and 1803 Johann Georg Mayr depicts the sandbank of the Petersburg Side in the foreground, the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress on the right and Palace Embankment on the background. Like in other paintings by Mayr, elegant views of this wonderful city are combined with scenes from the lives of various classes of Russian people.
Mayr (de Mayr, von Mayr, Mayer, Meyer), Johann Georg
1760, Nuremberg (Germany) - 1816, St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, landscapist, portraitist, il¬lustrator, engraver. Elder brother of the draughts-man and engraver Johann Christoph Mayr. Studied in Nuremberg. Invited to St Petersburg (1778). Worked atthe Imperial Academyof Sciences, draw¬ing inventions and texts , turning sketches into finished drawings for copper engraving, correct¬ing new engravings and teaching drawing, engrav¬ing and watercolour painting. Awarded more du¬
ties and students following the appointment of Princess Ekaterina Dashkova as director of the Im¬perial Academy of Sciences (1783). Painted en¬gravings made by other artists (from 1788).