Ilya (Elias) Ivanovich Baikov was Coachman in Ordinary to Tsar Alexander I of Russia. It was also Baikov who drove Tsar Alexander's coffin during the funeral convoy from Taganrog to Tsarskoye Selo, from 29 December 1825.
Miniatures by Josif de Vivien are very rare. For detailed biographical information and illustration of another miniature by his hand, see S. Podstanitskiy, Portretnaya Miniatiura, Moscow, 2007, pp. 143, 202-203.
A reduced version of this miniature, unsigned, is in the Moscow Kremlin, illustrated in L. M. Frolova, The Armoury in the Moscow Kremlin. Portrait Miniatures of the 18th and 19th centuries, Moscow, 1985, fig. 8 (tentatively attributed to Rockstuhl and described as 'one of the most interesting miniatures').