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  • Portrait of Kirill A. Naryshkin (1786-1838)

    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    70x62 cm

Portrait of Kirill A. Naryshkin (1786-1838)

Great Britain, 1820s (?)

Kirill Alexandrovich Naryshkin (1786–1838) was born into the family of the head chamberlain Alexander Lvovich Naryshkin (1760–1826) and Maria Alexeyevna Seniavina (1762–1822). He received a superb education at Abbot Nicole’s Jesuit boarding school in St Petersburg, and in 1805 he was made a low-ranking member of a special embassy sent to China. On his return to St Petersburg, Naryshkin forged a brilliant career at court, becoming marshal at the junior court of Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich (the future Nicholas I). Sharp-tongued and peppery, he was not to the liking of Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna, who did all she could to remove him from the post after her marriage in 1817. That did not shake his standing. By 1825 he was already marshal of the imperial court and so close to the affairs of state that he was one of the few who knew in advance that Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich had excluded himself from the succession. After Nicholas I came to the throne, Naryshkin found himself in the opposition and in 1826 he left St Petersburg. He returned to Russia eight years later and died soon afterwards.

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Portrait of Kirill A. Naryshkin (1786-1838)

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oil

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70x62 cm

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Formerly in the United Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ.II-170

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