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AFTER MIKHAIL MAKHAYEV | SAINT PETERSBURG, A VIEW OF THE NEVA RIVER BETWEEN THE WINTER PALACE AND THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, THE SPIRE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL BEYOND

AFTER MIKHAIL MAKHAYEV | SAINT PETERSBURG, A VIEW OF THE NEVA RIVER BETWEEN THE WINTER PALACE AND THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, THE SPIRE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL BEYOND

AFTER MIKHAIL MAKHAYEV | SAINT PETERSBURG, A VIEW OF THE NEVA RIVER BETWEEN THE WINTER PALACE AND THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, THE SPIRE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL BEYOND

AFTER MIKHAIL MAKHAYEV

SAINT PETERSBURG, A VIEW OF THE NEVA RIVER BETWEEN THE WINTER PALACE AND THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, THE SPIRE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL BEYOND


oil on canvas

unframed: 82 x 138.2 cm.; 32¼ x 54⅜ in.

framed: 94.6 x 149.4 cm.; 37¼ x 58¾ in.


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The canvas has a very firm lining, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured. There are discoloured retouchings visible throughout, generally running in vertical lines. These are confirmed by inspection under ultraviolet light which reveals one of the most concentrated areas to be just left of centre in the water and foremost boat approx. 20 x 8 cm. In overall fair condition. 


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This painting derives, at least in part, from a large-scale engraving by Ivan Yeliakov based on Mikhail Ivanovich Makhayev’s drawing of 1753.1 The print is one of a series of twelve views of Saint Petersburg published in 1753 by Ivan Sokolov to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Saint Petersburg. 


Another painting, apparently by the same hand as the author of the present work, of similar dimensions, and also deriving from a drawing by Makhayev, is in the State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg (inv. no. ЭРЖ-2238),2 suggesting that both works may once have formed part of a larger cycle comprising all twelve views.


1 https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/04.+engraving/1420318

https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/01.+paintings/331185