Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin (1743-1816), Russian poet and statesman.
He was born in Kazan, in 1762 entered military
service. He soon became known as a gifted poet, writing odes, praising Catherine II. His poetry gained him promotion, he
became the Governor of the Olonetzk and Tambov provinces. In 1791 he became Secretary of State, in 1800 - Imperial
Treasurer and in 1802 - Minister of Justice. He published much lyrical poetry and is considered one of the greatest Russian
See: Vladimir Borovikovsky. Portrait of G. R. Derzhavin.
Salvator Tonci. Portrait of Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin.