From 1887–1888, Vasily Vereshchagin traveled around the cities of Russia. He visited Yaroslavl, Rostov, and Kostroma. The artist studied old Russian architecture and collected antique artefacts of everyday life. Observing the slow life of provincial cities, Vereshchagin was especially interested in the fates of people whom he met during his travels, and created a series of portraits of several of them. In 1895, the artist published the book Illustrated Autobiographies of Several Insignificant Russian Persons, the main characters of which were the models for his paintings, including an old house butler.
«Виртуальный Русский музей» в социальных сетях: