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Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov (1817-98)

Alexander II, Emperor of Russia (1818-1881) with Edward VII (1840-1910) when Prince of Wales in a Troika at St Petersburg 1866

RCIN 406576

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Whether a recollection of a real event or an imagined scene, this painting demonstrates Sverchkov’s mastery of the sleigh scene. A prolific artist, he specialised in troika scenes – a symbol of Russia. The carefully modelled heads of the Emperor and the Prince were derived from contemporary photographs.

Presumably a gift from Alexander II to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales.