1828. Oil on cardboard. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Alexey Romanovich Tomilov (1779-1848), artillery officer, commanded the fortification works in Kronstadt (1799), retired in 1808. During Napoleon’s Russian campaign, he joined the militia and formed a fighting group from his serfs. Was severely wounded in combat. Collector, patron of the arts, one of the founders of the Society for Promotion of Artists, honorary member of the Academy of Arts. His house in St. Petersburg always welcomed young artists. Tomilov was a personal friend of many outstanding artists of his time