Count Feodor Petrovich Tolstoi (1783-1873) was born in St. Petersburg and from 1804 studied at the Academy of Arts with I.P. Prokofiev. In 1806 he started work a the Hermitage and at the Mint in 1810. As a sculptor, painter and engraver, Tolstoi became the leading medallist of his day. These plaques is taken from a large series of bronze medals commemorating the Russian war against Napoleon executed by Tolstoi between 1814 and 1836.