Portrait of Count P. A. Tolstoy.
1799. Zilberstain Private Collection Moscow, Russia. More.
Count Peter Alexandrovich Tolstoy
(1769-1844), Russian soldier and statesman. He was in active military service from his early youth and took part in several campaigns against Russia's long-time foe Turkey and against the French. He was praised by the famous Russian commander Alexander Suvorov for his bravery in 1794. He also served as a diplomat, notably as the Russian Ambassador at the Napoleonic court in the years 1807-1808. Tolstoy took part in fighting Napoleon's 1812 Invasion of Russia. He went on to participate in the Russo-Turkish War of 1829 and other campaigns