1790s. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Protasova, Anna Stepanovna (1745-1826) - daughter of Senator Stepan Feodorovich Protasov and Anisya Nikitishna, née Orlova. Maid-of-honor to Catherine II; in 1785, she became lady-in-waiting. She was a favorite of Catherine II and accompanied her on all her trips and journeys. In 1801, she was granted the title of Countess and remained lady-in-waiting to the Empress Maria Feodorovna. She died in St. Petersburg in 1826.
See Dmitry Levitzky. Portrait of Countess A. S. Protasova. Portrait of Countess A. S. Protasova.
also: Angelica Kauffman. Portrait of Princess A. S. Protasova with Her Nieces.
In the latter picture, she is with her nieces, daughters of her brother P. S. Protasov; in the future, they would become Countess Rostopchina, Princess Golytsyna, Countess Tolstaya, Princess Vasilchikova and Countess Protasova. Protasova wears a medallion with a portrait of Catherine II, given to her as a gift by the tzarina