SKETCH FOR MININ APPEALS TO THE PEOPLE OF NIZHNY NOVGOROD
Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
Signed in Latin l.r., watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper. Makovsky travelled to Nizhny Novgorod in June 1891 and 1892 to work on drafts for his monumental canvas Minin appeals to the People of Nizhny Novgorod (The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg; a second version is in the Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum), which was eventually unveiled in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896. Kuzma Minin was a local merchant who oversaw the handling of public funds to raise a volunteer army led by Prince Dmitry Pozharsky which contributed to the defence of the country against the Polish invasion in the 1612.