1771, St Petersburg — after 1829, ?

Portrait of the Serf Actor Ivan Yakimov Dressed as Cupid


  • oil on canvas. 142 x 92
  • Ж-3284

  • Received in 1928

Ivan Yakimov (1780–1804) ) was a student of Count Sheremetev and member of the ballet troupe of the Sheremetev serf theatre on the Kuskovo estate. Count Sheremetev recalled: «Once a ballet was performed in my theatre where he [Yakimov] danced as cupid. The graces carried him in a basket with garlands of roses, and as they only expected to find roses in it, the unexpected appearance of this cupid enraptured the entire audience.» Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 86.

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