The present miniature, showing Orlov wearing an embroidered blue dressing-gown and holding a letter in his left hand, would have originally been mounted on the inside lid of a snuff-box. The image was used by Andrei Ivanovich Cherny (Chernov or Chorny) as the basis of his portrait of Orlov painted on the inside lid of the celebrated 'Orlov' porcelain snuff-box, made by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory with gold mounts attributable to Jean Pierre Ador (see Sotheby's, London, The Rostropovich-Visnevskaya collection, 18-19 September 2007, lot 63.)
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