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  • Portrait of Yekaterina Samoilova

    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    104,5x82,5 cm

Portrait of Yekaterina Samoilova

Austria, Between 1792 and 1796

Yekaterina Sergeyevna Samoilova, née Trubetskaya (1763–1830) was the wife of the statesman and military commander Alexander Nikolayevich Samoilov, a nephew of Prince Grigory Potemkin. She was a maid-of-honour to the Empress from 1782. During the Russo-Turkish War of 1787–91, she was with her husband who was attached to Potemkin’s headquarters at Bendery on the Dnieper. Yekaterina Samoilova was known for her beauty and had a host of admirers. In the early 20th century, this portrait and a similarly sized one of her husband were in Alexei Alexandrovich Bobrinsky’s St Petersburg mansion. Evidently both paintings were commissioned by Alexander Samoilov and then passed to his daughter Sophia, who married a Bobrinsky, the grandparents of the last private owner of the works.

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Portrait of Yekaterina Samoilova

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

104,5x82,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; transferred from the Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR; formerly in the Bobrinskys' collection

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1890

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