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Portrait of Count A. A. Bezborodko.
1790s. Oil on canvas. The Pavlovsk Palace. Pavlovsk, Russia. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Bezborodko, Alexander Andreyevich
(1747 - 1799) - son of the Chief Judge of the Zaporozh Army A.Y. Bezborodko and E.M. Zabello. He studied at the Kiev Theological Academy and began his service in the office of Count P.A. Rumyantsev, then Govenor-General of Ukraine (Malorossia). In 1775, he was appointed secretary to Catherine II
. In 1780, he was granted the rank of General-Major and appointed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; there, he took part in working out a treaty with Austria and preparing documents for the annexation of Crimea. In 1785, Emperor Joseph II of Austria granted him the title of Count of the Holy Roman Empire. The peak of his diplomatic career was a peace treaty between Russia and Turkey (1791), for which he was promoted to the rank of Privy Councillor and given high dictinctions. Pavel I
gave him the rank of State Chancellor. He died in St. Petersburg in 1799