Portrait of Life Guard Colonel Yevgraf Davydov
The portrait is Orest Kiprensky’s most famous canvas and a specific manifesto of the art of the Romantic era in Russia. It was one of the works for which Kiprensky was made an academician in 1812.
Yevgraf Davydov (1775–1823): Sergeant major of the Life Guards Cavalry Regiment (1791), cornet of the Life Guards Hussar Regiment (1799), colonel (1807). Fought in the Napoleonic Wars at the Battle of Austerlitz (1805) and the Battle of Ostrovnoye near Vitebsk (1812). Lost his left leg and right arm beneath the elbow at the Battle of Leipzig (August 1813), awarded the Order of St George (3rd class), the Order of Leopold of Austria, the Order of the Red Eagle of Prussia (2nd class) and promoted to the rank of major-general.