The present lot was acquired by Knut Henrik Littorin, one-time Norwegian consul to pre-revolutionary Moscow and ardent collector of Russian art. Persuaded to exhibit part of his collection at the Baltic exhibition in Malmö in 1914, Littorin was unable to retrieve his paintings due to the outbreak of the First World War. Forced to flee Russia during the Revolution of 1917, legend has it that Littorin was able to leave Moscow in a horse-drawn carriage, swapping clothes with the coach driver en route. They were stopped by a patrol close to the Finnish border and the coach driver was executed but Littorin managed to escape to his native Sweden.
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