Olga's Gallery

Jean-Louis Voille

Portrait of Olga Zherebtsova.

c. 1780s-1790s. Oil on canvas. 74 x 58.5 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.

Jean-Louis Voille. Portrait of Olga Zherebtsova.

Zherebtsova, Olga Alexandrovna (1766-1849), nèe Zubova, sister of Platon Zubov, one of Catherine’s II favorites, and wife of the royal chamberlain Alexey Zherebtsov, whose promotion to this high post was secured by his wife and brother in law. Olga was beautiful, full of energy and self-interested. She took part in the plot to remove Paul I, Catherine's son, from the throne: in her house conspirators who prepared the murder of Paul I gathered, through her the English government passed a big sum of money to the conspirators, which she left for herself in full. Her portrait by Voille – a young woman with tender and serene face - does not reveal her real character