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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    Vasilii Polenov (1844-1927)

    Portrait of Vasilii Petrovich Shchegolenok

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    Vasilii Polenov (1844-1927)
    Portrait of Vasilii Petrovich Shchegolenok
    signed in Cyrillic and dated 'V Polenov/79' (lower right); inscribed in Russian 'Shchegolenok' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    17¼ x 15 in. (44 x 38 cm.)


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    Vasilii Petrovich Shchegolenok (1805-1886) was a famous Russian skazitel', or teller of folk-tales. An acquaintance of Leo Tolstoy, Shchegolenok's portrait was also painted by Ilya Repin. A preparatory sketch for the present lot is currently held in the Abramstevo Museum.

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