Portrait of Field Marshal Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev

The artist is Shurmann

Sheremetev Boris Petrovich (April 25, 1652 – February 17, 1719) – statesman, commander and diplomat. In 1682, granted the boyar. Participated in the first Azov campaign. The closest associate of Peter the Great; Member of all the most important battles of the Northern War (Derpt, Narva, Riga). From 1701-Field Marshal. First Russian Count (1706). In the Battle of Poltava commanded the center of the Russian army. Peter I called Sheremetev to his thorn and highly appreciated for disinterestedness.

Peter I. Time and environment. SPb, 2015. With. 126.

Depicted in armor and triangle; in the hand of the Field Marshal rod; With the orders of St. Andrew the First -Called (tape and star) and St. John of Jerusalem (Commander Cross and Star).

On the left above, not a completely preserved inscription with the signature: … sucii … sacra … avius ​​… ajcsuals … nulit excel … issimus comes … vis … alcuore … campi j ulsehollus sua heen …, … ry … in … in … in … in. Jun … Exercita Ipsum … g … svecia al … ate gimshom equitatus al … ducens … ovtust victoriam in circa … m vo … ohs livonia rigae d. di … amicabiliteva … Cepta et 4. Julii Feliciter fin … ISAM Effigiem Deliniari Pecit … Shis … cvheff eo ipse die finivit a … un … as dium … mein occupab … riga m. … Karl Schurmann Pictor Ducalis Curl ..

The inscription and signature are specified. N. Goldovsky and K. AT. Malinovsky.

Comes from Sobr. Grafov Sheremetevs, in 1905 he was in a fountain dime and exhibited to the Tauride. (Petersburg 1905) as work and. P. Argunova (cat. Tauride.,No. 47, with. eight). In 1938. E. Lebedev attributed a portrait of Shurmann (Lebedev 1938, with. 116). However, in. To. Stanyukovich, author of the article „Fortress artists of the House of the Sheremetevs of the XVIII century “(1939. Manuscript. Scientific archive of the Ostankino Museum, No. 241, with. 60–61), and t. AND. Selinova, author of the monograph on creativity and. P. Argunov, doubted both the authorship of the portrait and in the very existence of the artist, since the lists of painters of the count of the Sheremetevs of Shurmann could not be found. The new reading of the signature deprives such searches of all reason. In this regard, it does not withstand criticism and dating T. AND. Selinova portrait of the second half of the XVIII in. (Selinova 1973, with.114). Signature Karl Schurmann Pictor Ducalis Surl… definitely indicates that Shurmann was the painter of the Duke of Courland. During the writing of the portrait (1710), the Duke of Courland was the husband of Anna Ioannovna Friedrich Wilhelm, after whose death the Duke Ferdinand inherited in 1711, in 1711, in 1711. Painting. XVIII century. Catalog. T. one. SPb, 1998. With. 178.

In 1905, the portrait was in the fountain house of the Sheremetev counts and exhibited at the Tauride exhibition as work and. P. Argunova. Subsequently, the portrait was attributed to Shurmann, although some researchers doubted the very existence of such an artist. The recently read signature on the portrait – “Karl Schurmann Pictorducalis Curl” – indicates that during the siege of Riga in 1710, Karl Shurmann was a painter of the Duke Friedrich Wilhelm Courland, the future husband Anna Ioannovna.

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