• Portrait of Count Semyon Vorontsov (1744-1832)

    Artist:
    Lawrence, Sir Thomas. 1769-1830
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    76x63,3 cm

Lawrence, Sir Thomas. 1769-1830

Portrait of Count Semyon Vorontsov (1744-1832)

Great Britain, circa 1805/1806

Count Semyon Romanovich Vorontsov (1744-1832), the son of Senator R.I. Vorontsov and the nephew of Chancellor M.I. Vorontsov at first embarked on a military career. He participated in the Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774), but in 1776 he retired from the military with the rank of Major General. From 1782 he pursued his diplomatic career, first in Venice and then in London (from 1785 to 1796 and from 1801 to 1806). He made a significant contribution to developing relations between Russia and England. In particular, in 1793 Count S. R. Vorontsov promoted the renewal of the trade treaty between the two countries. After leaving his diplomatic service, he stayed in England, where he was popular and held in high esteem. He was even awarded the title of Honorary Freedom of the city of Richmond where he resided. By the time the famous artist Thomas Lawrence did this portrait, S. R. Vorontsov was the Cavalier of many Russian orders, but here the artist has depicted only the order of St. Andrew, and then only half hidden by the lapel of his frock coat. Lawrence was able to show the person’s significance with the help of purely artistic devices rather than trappings. The vantage point from below and the colour scheme based on the combination of deep black with a burgundy red background add solemnity to this portrait. The light colours of the shirt collar and cravat accentuate the sitter’s brightly lit face, which is intelligent and high-bred, with an expression of calm dignity. In this admirable portrait Thomas Lawrence created the image of an ideal statesman and a diplomat.

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Portrait of Count Semyon Vorontsov (1744-1832)

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oil

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76x63,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1900;

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1363

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