Oil on canvas
112 х 83
State Russian Museum
Traditionally, the person depicted is considered to be Vasily Perovsky, although researchers have not reached a final attributional conclusion. Vasily Alexeevich Perovsky (1795–1857): Illegitimate son of Count Alexei Razumovsky. Studied at Moscow University and then served in the military Fought in the Patriotic War (1812) and the Russo-Turkish War (1828–1829). Lieutenant general (from 1833), cavalry general, adjutant general. From 1833 to 1842, he was the Orenburg military governor, and the governor-general of the Orenburg and Samara regions. He was made a count in 1855.
Kiprensky, Orest Adamovich
1772, Nezhinskaya (St Petersburg Province) - 1836, Rome
Portraitist, history painter, draughtsman. Illegitimate son of a serf woman, Anna Gavrilova, who gave him the name Kipreisky, later changed to Kiprensky. Grew up in the family of his foster father Adam Schwalde. Emancipated from serfdom and enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Arts (1788). Studied history painting under Grigory Ugryumov and Gabriele-Francois Doyen. Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1803-09). Worked in St Petersburg, Moscow and Tver. Academician of portrait painting (1812), councillor of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1815). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Lived in Italy (1816-23, 1828-36). Contributed to the Paris Salon (1822). Donated Self-Portrait (1820) to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (1825). Appointed second-class professor of history and portrait painting with automatic member¬ship of the nobility (1831). Councillor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples (1831). Buried at Sant'' Andrea delle Fratte in Rome.