1809. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Count Vasily Perovsky (1795-1852) was the fourth illegitimate son of Count Alexey Razumovsky, brother of writer Alexey Perovsky (Anton Pogorelsky). He was in military service during the war with Napoleon, was wounded and taken prisoner. Later he was an aide de camp to Grand Duke Nicholas Pavlovich, future Tzar Nicholas I. Participated in the Russian-Turkish War of 1828-1829; was the Governor of Orenburg 1833-1842 and 1851-1857 and played an important role in the colonization of the region newly captured from the Turks. He is 15 years old in the picture