Attributed to Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky (Russian, 1839-1915) Portrait of Lidia Pashkova

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Lot 6*
Attributed to Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
(Russian, 1839-1915)
Portrait of Lidia Pashkova

£ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 51,000 - 76,000
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION
Attributed to Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky (Russian, 1839-1915)
Portrait of Lidia Pashkova
signed in Cyrillic (lower centre); with liner signed, inscribed in Cyrillic and dated '1866' (on verso)
oil on canvas
73.2 x 63cm (28 13/16 x 24 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Collection of Riabushinsky-Pakravan; purportedly acquired by Fatollah Pakravan, member of Iranian diplomatic mission, and his wife Kira Riabushinsky in Moscow, circa 1932
    Thence by descent in the family


    Kira Riabushinsky, was a daughter of Eufemia Riabushinsky (1886-1976) and Vasily Nosov (1871-1939), members of two powerful and influential textile dynasties in Russia who distinguished themselves as generous art patrons, collectors and philanthropists. After the Revolution of 1917, Eufemia Riabushinsky escaped to Italy where many members of the Riabushinsky's family settled earlier. It was there that her daughter Kira met dashing Iranian aristocrat, Fatollah Pakravan (?- 1959), nephew of Shah of Iran. Graduate of Sorbonne and the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, Fatollah Pakravan had chosen a career of professional diplomat and was an ardent supporter of modernization of Iran put forth by Shah Reza Pahlavi. According to the family history, the couple traveled and stayed in Moscow where their son, Manouchehr was born in 1932. It is most likely that the present portrait was acquired in Russia around that time.

    A few years later, while back in Iran, Fatollah fell in love with Kira's cousin, Aleksandra Dmitrievna Riabushinsky (1911-2005) and left his family to marry her. In 1946, he was appointed Iranian Ambassador to Italy and remained in that post for a few years.

    Lydia Alexandrovna Pashkova was a Russian-French writer, who traveled through Middle East and Palestine and was known as a Russian correspondent for the newspaper Figaro. Born as Prinsess Glinskya, she married a Russian writer Nikolai Teleshov, and later became a wife of another journalist and writer Ippolit Pashkov. It was under Pashkov surname she became known as author of several theatre plays, ballet librettos, novels, travelling essays and books. She was a member of French Geographic society and an avid traveler who spent time in Egypt and the Middle East and maintained a close friendship with Elena Blavatsky.

    As a famous and respected member of the cultural elite, she was portrayed by a number of artists, including Konstantin Makovsky, who was a popular and fashionable artists of the period.


    Имя Лидии Александровны Пашковой, популярной русско-французской писательницы, сегодня знакомо лишь узкому кругу литературоведов. Известная как русский корреспондент газеты Figaro, она играла заметную роль в литературных и светских салонах Петербурга, была близка к театральным кругам и сотрудничала с ведущими российскими журналами. Она много путешествовала по Ближнему Востоку, в том числе по Египту, посетила Палестину, благодаря чему была избрана членом Французского Географического Общества.
    Урожденная Глинская, в первом браке связавшая свою жизнь с литератором Николаем Телешовым, она позже вышла замуж за журналиста и писателя Ипполита Пашкова. Именно под его фамилией она стала знаменита как автор нескольких романов, театральных пьес и балетных либретто, а также заметок и книг, повествующих о её путешествиях.
    Лидия Александровна была уважаемой и влиятельной личностью, прославленной в кругах культурной элиты своего времени и была в дружеский отношениях с писательницей Еленой Блаватской. Представляемый портрет, приписываемый кисти еще молодого, но набирающего популярность Константина Маковского, это прекрасный образец интимного портрета выполненного с изяществом и мастерством, высоко ценимыми в работах прославленного живописца.
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