Russian School, circa 1775 A portrait miniature of Gavril Romanovich Derzhavin (1743-1816), seated in a library on a blue upholstered chair at a desk, wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, red sash and breast star of the Order of St. Anne and powdered wig worn en queue

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Russian School
circa 1775
A portrait miniature of Gavril Romanovich Derzhavin (1743-1816), seated in a library on a blue upholstered chair at a desk, wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, red sash and breast star of the Order of St. Anne and powdered wig worn en queue

Sold for £ 5,760 (US$ 7,678) inc. premium
Russian School, circa 1775
A portrait miniature of Gavril Romanovich Derzhavin (1743-1816), seated in a library on a blue upholstered chair at a desk, wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, red sash and breast star of the Order of St. Anne and powdered wig worn en queue.
watercolour on ivory, ormolu frame with egg and dart border.
Circular, 64mm (2 1/2in) high

Footnotes

  • Derzhavin, one of the most original Russian poets of the eighteenth century, was regarded as the greatest national poet before Alexander Pushkin. Following a period in the army, he worked as a civil servant for more than twenty years. He served first as provincial governor from 1786 to 1788 in Tambov. A man of the Enlightenment, he became poet laureate and served as minister of justice for Catherine II from 1802 to 1805. Derzhavin also served briefly as Catherine's private secretary.

    Derzhavin's most famous works, include 'The Courtier' (1776), 'The Death of Prince Meshchersky' (1779-83), 'Felitsa' (1782), 'Ode to God' (1784), To the Potentates and Judges' (1780), and' The Waterfall' (1791-94). Derzhavin first caught Catherine the Great's attention with his ode to her, 'Felitsa', named after a character in Catherine's own story 'The Tale of Prince of Khlor'.

    Derzhavin was a staunch monarchist and general opponent of liberal ideas. Along with Admiral Alexander Shishkov, he established the Colloquy of Lovers of the Russian Word (Beseda Lyubitelei Russkovo Slova, 1811-16), a formal literary society with five hundred members whom Derzhavin would invite to his large home on the banks of the Fontanka in St. Petersburg.
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