1757, Mirgorod - 1825, St Petersburg

Portrait of Countess Anna Bezborodko and her Daughters Lyubov and Cleopatra


  • oil on canvas. 134 x 104,5
  • Ж-5026

  • Received in 1917

Cleopatra Bezborodko holds a miniature portrait of her brother Andrei studded with diamonds.

Countess Anna Ilinichna Bezborodko (1766–1824): Born Anna Shiryai. Wife of full privy councilor and senator Count Ilya Bezborodko (1756–1815).

Countess Lyubov Ilinichna Bezborodko (1782–1809): Eldest daughter of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Lady in waiting to Empress Marie Fyodorovna (1797). Married the admiral Count Grigory Kushelev (1799). Her son Alexander (1800–1855) was granted permission to call himself Count Kushelev-Bezborodko to prevent the Bezborodko name from dying out (1816).

Countess Cleopatra Ilinichna Bezborodko (1787–1840): Youngest daughter of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Married the adjutant general and collector of art Prince Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky (1811). As the girls’ uncle, the chancellor Prince Alexander Bezborodko died without issue, Lyubov and Cleopatra inherited his enormous collection of paintings, forming the basis of the Kushelev Picture Gallery. Count Andrei Ilich Bezborodko (1783–1814): Only son of Count Ilya and Countess Anna Bezborodko. Chamberlain. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 97.

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