Ammon painted another version of the same vista which is now at the State Russian Museum. Here, the scaffolding is gone and the golden dome of Christ the Saviour is visible. This suggests that the museum’s work was painted slightly later.
According to the inscription on the reverse, the present work was gifted by Gerasim Ivanovich Khludov (1821-1885), a well-known Moscow collector and entrepreneur, to John Hick (1815-1894), an English industrialist, art collector and Conservative politician.
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