1824. Oil on canvas. The History Museum, Moscow, Russia. More.
Count Dmitry Sheremetyev (1803-1871)
was the son of Count Nicholas Sheremetyev (1751-1809) and his father's serf, actress of his home theater Praskovya Kovaleva-Zhemchugova (1768-1803), whom he loved for 20 years, until finally married her in 1801. His mother died from consumption, in 1803, three weeks after she had given birth to their only son, Dmitry. His father was devastated by the loss and devoted the rest of his life to his son and charity, dedicated to the memory of his late wife: he built a hospital and a shelter for poor and founded funds for other projects