1782. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Lanskoy, Alexander Dmitrievich (1758-1784) son of a poor nobleman, Captain Dmitry Artemyevich Lanskoy. He began his service in 1772 in the Izmailovky Guard regiment as a soldier, becoming a horseman and aide to Prince G.A.Potemkin in 1772. In 1779, became a favorite of Catherine II and was granted the rank of aide-de-camp to the Empress. In 1780, he became Chamberlain, Major General and commander of the Smolensk Dragoon regiment. In 1781, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, and in 1783 the Orders of Alexander Nevsky and of St. Anne. He died at the age of 26 and was buried in Tsarskoe Selo. Catherine II had a church built over his grave