• Portrait of Count Mikhail S. Vorontsov (1782-1856)

    Artist:
    Lawrence, Sir Thomas. 1769-1830
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    143x113 cm

Lawrence, Sir Thomas. 1769-1830

Portrait of Count Mikhail S. Vorontsov (1782-1856)

Great Britain, 1821

Count Mikhail Semionovich Vorontsov was a prominent statesman, participant in the Napoleon Wars and later governor general of the region of Novorossia. This somewhat theatrical image of a general in all his finery, with epaulets decorations and a cape thrown over his shoulder was produced by the celebrated English portraitist Thomas Lawrence. The artist stood out for his ability to precisely and expressively convey the most attractive features of his model, while introducing into the image a touch of romanticism in keeping with the tastes of the era of Byron and Shelley. In the portrait of Vorontsov, who spent his childhood in England, received a superb education and was undoubtedly one of the outstanding figures of the period, Lawrence managed without sacrificing the imposing “high-society” look of the grandee, the “Europeanized Russian”, to reveal the inner, spiritual stature of his subject. A particular vogue for English portraitists arose among the St Petersburg aristocracy in the early 19th century thanks to George Dawe’s works filling the Gallery of 1812 in the Winter Palace. Many hastened to commission their own portrait and more generally to decorate their mansions in the English manner. The Hermitage stocks include a large number of depictions of Russian nobles by British artists.

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Portrait of Count Mikhail S. Vorontsov (1782-1856)

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oil

Dimensions:

143x113 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1920; handed over from the Vorontsovs'-Dashkovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5846

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