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|| Arranged in five rows on the walls of the War Gallery
are the portraits of participants in the Patriotic War of 1812 and
the foreign campaigns of 1813-14, who held the rank of general or
were promoted to that rank in the aftermath of the war. The portraits
were painted by the English artist George Dawe and his Russian assistants
Alexander Poliakov and Vasily (Wilhelm) Golicke. For various reasons
13 portraits were never made. In the places where they should hang
there are empty frames bearing the names of the war heroes. The names
of some commemorated here are famous, others are less well known,
but all earned a permanent place in the history of Russia.