Russian School, c. 1854
Russian School, c. 1854 an album of nine watercolour views of siberia, including interiors and local landscapes, dated from 1854-55 the majority inscribed in Russian pencil and watercolour, some pen and ink, liad on the pages of the album including interiors of a Drawing Room; Living Room in the Company House in Eniseisk 1854; Living Room with Bedroom on the right at Holy Spirit Mine, 1855; Room of Alexandr Ivanovich Barkov, Holy Spirit Mine, 1855; as well as views of Holy Spirit Mine, Disagreeable Mine, George Mine, and the Basil Mine belonging to the Barkov Trading Company, and a group of portrait drawings The group of portraits is inscribed Drawn by Nikolai Bestuzhev. The famous Decembrist (1791-1855), was a naval officer, writer and painter, who together with his wife Elena, spent most of his life in exile in Siberia where he spent this time painting views of his surroundings and portraits of his fellow exiles. For two similar albums containing work by Bestuzhev see The Russian Sale, Sotheby's, London, 14/15 December 1995, lots 114 and 117. 29 by 41.5 cm., 11 1/2 by 16 1/2 in.