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Sophia Alexandrovna Bobrinskaya, née Samoilova, (?) from the Middleton Watercolor Album

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Sophia Alexandrovna Bobrinskaya, née Samoilova, (?) from the Middleton Watercolor Album

Made by: Sokolov, Petr Fedorovich

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About this object

The portrait may depict Sophia Alexandrovna Bobrinskaya, née Samoilova (1797-1866), the wife of Count Alexander Alexeevich Bobrinsky (1800-1868). She was portrayed by Petr Sokolov in 1827, as was her brother, Nicholas Alexandrovich Samoilov (1800-1842). The latter was the husband of the famous countess Julia Samoilova (1803-1875), whose portrait by Karl Briullov is one of Hillwood’s masterpieces (51.73). Countess Bobrinsky’s portrait is one of two portraits signed by Petr Sokolov in the Middleton Album (the other is 52.39.32). The portrait features her in an elegant pose typical of Sokolov’s style.

The bust-length portrait presents a young lady, possibly Sophia Alexandrovna Bobrinskaya, with her body facing partly left and her face and eyes turned towards the viewer, against a neutral background. Her red-brown hair is covered by a wide-brimmed hat save for the ringlets framing the sides of her face. The hat is decorated with a red striped bow at the crown and corresponding ribbon ties. She wears a light grey coat with dark grey tassels and trim over a white shirt with a ruffled edge. Her only jewelry is a triple-stranded pearl necklace and a pair of pearl earrings.

Category:
PAINTINGS
Object name:
Sophia Alexandrovna Bobrinskaya, née Samoilova, (?) from the Middleton Watercolor Album
Made from:
Watercolor on paper
Made in:
RUSSIA: St. Petersburg
Date made:
ca. 1825

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
52.39.42
Signature marks:
SIGNATURE __Socolow __Proper left side, center || Inscription __ Comtesse Bobrinsky nèe de Zacharjewsky__Bottom of page __In cursive
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2004