TURGENEV, IVAN SEGEEVICH. 1818-1883.  Photograph Signed ("Ivan Turgenev" in Cyrillic) and dated in Cyrillic "St. Petersburg, March 1879,"

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TURGENEV, IVAN SEGEEVICH. 1818-1883.
Photograph Signed ("Ivan Turgenev" in Cyrillic) and dated in Cyrillic "St. Petersburg, March 1879,"

US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£ 7,300 - 11,000

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11 Apr 2016, 10:00 EDT

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TURGENEV, IVAN SEGEEVICH. 1818-1883.
Photograph Signed ("Ivan Turgenev" in Cyrillic) and dated in Cyrillic "St. Petersburg, March 1879," albumen print portrait, 9 1/4 x 7 inches mounted on 12 3/4 x 9 1/4, by Konstantin Shapiro of St. Petersburg, signature and date in black ink on the mount below photo, some spotting and surface wear to the photograph, the faded mount clipped with punctures at the corners.

A RARE, UNUSUALLY LARGE SIGNED PORTRAIT OF THE GREAT RUSSIAN WRITER. ABPC and RBH record only small signed cartes de visite offered at auction. Ivan Turgenev is perhaps best remembered for his play A Month in the Country (1855) and his novel Fathers and Sons (1862). Hebrew poet and photographer Konstantin Aleksandrovich Shapiro (1840-1900) was a Belorussian Jew who was an active portrait photographer in St. Petersburg from the 1870s to 1900s. Commencing his career with W. Schönfeld, he later opened his own studio at 30 Nevsky Prospekt in 1870 and was named Photographer to the Imperial Academy of Arts several years later. In addition to his celebrated portraits of the Tsar and his family, Shapiro was famous for his pictures of important Russian writers (Chekhov, Dostoievsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev) and composers (Borodin, Glinka, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky). See also Fotografii na pamyat, St. Petersburg, 2003.
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