Potrait of Tsarevna Elizabeth Petrovna in Childhood
Second half of the 1710s
- oil on canvas. 136 х 103,5
Received in 1897 from the collection of Prince Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, St Petersburg
- Provenance: Winter Palace (?); later – Imperial Hermitage (?) State Russian Museum
Elizabeth Petrovna (December 18, 1709 – December 25, 1761). Tsarevna, daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine Alexeyevna, awarded the title of Tsesarevna on December 23, 1721. Became Empress on November 25, 1741. Crowned on 25 April, 1742.
The “Inventory of the Imperial Hermitage” published in 1913 mentions “two portraits of Elizabeth Petrovna “as an infant, lying,” holding a portrait of Emperor Peter the Great in her hand, which were acquired in 1763.” Both portraits are housed in the Russian Museum; they are dated based on the subject’s age and their technological characteristics.