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Orlovsky, Aleksandr Osioivich (1777-1823), an artist

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ORLOVSKY, Aleksandr Osipovich (1777–1832), battle painter, artist, graphic artist. In the period 1793–1802 he studied painting in Warsaw. In 1802 he moved to St.Petersburg. He became academician of painting in 1809. In 1819 he was appointed to do the service for the General Staff in making designs of military uniform. Orlovsky was a master of portrait and battle painting, an author of a great number of genre drawings and caricatures. He was one of the first artists in Russia to make lithographs. Since 1805 Orlovsky often spent a lot of time in A.R. Tomiliv’s Uspenskoye estate (modern Staraya Ladoga Village). There he painted portraits of peasants, guests of the estate, genre scenes (“Pastukh, Igrayushchiy na Dudochke” (“Shepherd Plying the Pipe”), “Krepostnye Krestyane” (“Serfs”), “Sosedka Tomilova” (“Tomilov’s Neighbour”), “Kvarengy v Obraze Amura” (“Quarenghi as a Cupid”), “Poiushchiye Krestyane za Stolom” (“Singing Peasants at the Table”), etc.). Orlovsky very often visited A.N. Olenin’s Priyutino estate, where he made many portrait sketches.

Kruzhnov, Yuri Nikolayevich

Olenin, Aleksey Nokolayevich
Orlovsky, Aleksandr Osipovich
Tomilov, Aleksey Romanovich

Leningrad Oblast, the/Vsevolozhsk District/Vsevolozhsk Town/Priyutino Settlement
Leningrad Oblast, the/Volkhov District/Staraya Ladoga Village

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Соломатина Н. Александр Орловский. СПб., 2002, 106, 131
Русские художники в Успенском. URL:, 106, 131

Subject Index
"Priyutino", a literary and art estate-museum
Uspenskoye, a country estate