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  • Portrait of Prince Andrei Gagarin (?)

    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    41,8x34,3 cm

Portrait of Prince Andrei Gagarin (?)

Russia, 1863

Prince Andrei Grigoryevich Gagarin (1855–1921) was a scientist and inventor, the founder and first director (1900–07) of the St Petersburg Polytechnical Institute. He was the son of the Vice-President of the Academy of Arts and senior court official Grigory Grigoryevich Gagarin (1810–1893) and the maid-of-honour, later lady-in-waiting Sophia Andreyevna Dashkova. In 1885 Prince Andrei married Maria Dmitriyevna Obolenskaya (1864–1946). The Minister of Finance Sergei Witte left us a remarkable characterization of Andrei Gagarin: “I had to select a director for the [Polytechnical] Institute about whom no doubts would arise. I settled for Prince Gagarin. Prince Gagarin was an artillery officer who had graduated from the Artillery Academy. He had been inclined and still remained very inclined by his nature to scientific technical researches. He was considered one of the best specialists in the sphere of artillery. Prince Gagarin was a man of perfect integrity.”

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Portrait of Prince Andrei Gagarin (?)

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oil

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41,8x34,3 cm

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Formerly in the United Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage

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ЭРЖ-1449

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