Timolon Carl von Neff (1805-1876), was born in Estonia, became a pupil of Hartmann in Dresden, worked in Rome before returning to Russia in 1826. He was a member of the Academy of Arts, where he became a professor in 1865. As well as a painter of historical, religious and genre themes, he was a portraitist and among his sitters were many of the Imperial Family. The original of the painting depicted was most probably in the Imperial Collections. Elashevskoi is recorded by Baron Wolff in his history of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, which was published in 1906, as working during the second quarter of the 19th century.