• Portrait of Maria Perekusikhina

    Artist:
    Anonymous Artist
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    68,5х53 cm

Anonymous Artist

Portrait of Maria Perekusikhina

Russia, late 18th century

Maria Savvishna Perekusikhina (1739–1824) was a lady-of-the-bedchamber to Catherine II, a close friend and confidante of the Empress. She enjoyed the monarch’s special trust and was constantly at her side, accompanying her on her outings and travels. She always occupied rooms next to Catherine’s private apartments. When Paul I came to the throne, he ordered that she be given a pension from the imperial family’s income and awarded her lands in Riazan province and a house in St Petersburg, to which she moved. A contemporary wrote about Maria Perekusikhina in his memoirs relating to the year 1818: “I can picture as if it were now that sweet old lady, modest, but always neatly dressed, short and lean, wearing a snow-white starched cap with slightly powered hair peeking out from beneath it, seated at her table with a book or playing patience.” This portrait may be a copy of an original by Vladimir Borovikovsky.

Title:

Portrait of Maria Perekusikhina

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Material:

Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

68,5х53 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; transferred from The State Museum of Ethnography of Peoples of the USSR, Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1071

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