Portrait of General-in-Chief, Count William W. Fermor.
1765. Oil on canvas. The Museum of the Academy of Arts, St-Petersburg, Russia. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
William W. Fermor
(1702-1771), Count, General in Chief (1755), son of an emigrant from Britain. In 1730s was an aide-de-camp of the field marshal B. Minich; participated in Russia’s wars with Turkey (1735-39) and Sweden (1741-43). During the Seven-Year War (1756-63) between the coalitions of Russia, Sweden, France and Austria against Prussia and Britain, he commanded the Russian Army in 1757-58, but was dismissed for hesitance and irresolution. In 1763, he was a general-governor of Smolensk, after 1764, he became senator