1800. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Paul I, Emperor of Russia (1754-1801), son of Catherine II and Peter III, he succeeded his mother in 1796. His father's murder and his mother's neglect had exerted a poor influence on his character. After ascending the throne, he soon revealed his violent temper and incompetence, and alienated his subjects with inane regulations. He was murdered, as a result of a conspiracy, by his own officers.
See also: Vladimir Borovikovsky. Portrait of Paul I, Emperor of Russia.
Fedor Rokotov. Portrait of Emperor Paul I as a Child.