Alexander Pushkin, portrait by Vasily Tropinin Alexander Pushkin 1799-1837 In Dom Naschokina Art Gallery mason great poet Alexander Pushkin was living two last weeks of his life in 1837.

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Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is considered by many to the the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin's great-grandfather, was Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696–1781), a Black African page raised by Peter the Great.

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“The great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, often sketched out his characters in his rough drafts, along side their descriptions. This picture was taken from a rough draft for the second canto of possibly his finest work: Eugene Onegin.”

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Portrait of A. Pushkin by Pyotr Sokolov (1836); While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832. Source:

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Illustration from "Eugene Onegin" (Alexander Pushkin, illus. by Anna & Elena Balbusso). I love how this is both "art in a book" and "a book in art".

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ABRAM PETROVICH HANNIBAL. Adopted African slave child who became the godson of Peter the Great, a decorated military commander, an engineer, and the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin.

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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin (1817 - 1900) Pushkin farewell to the sea Oil On Canvas, 1877 Pushkin Museum, Russia

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