The portraits of the series composing the 1812 War Gallery were painted in St. Petersburg during the period of from 1819 to 1829.
They were commissioned by Alexander I to George Dawe, who worked with two assistants, the Russian painters V. Golike and L. Poliakov. It is not always possible to establish the authorship of each individual picture produced by Dawe’s workshop, and to indentify the work of Dawe himself. In the Catalogue, the paintings are classified into two groups, according to whether they can be attributed to Dawe or not. The first group comprises the portraits signed by Dawe or secuiely attributed to him on the grounds of stylistic analysis or documentary evidence. The second group consists of paintings which cannot be attributed to Dawe on the basis of the materials now at our disposal.
The gallery contains 329 half-length portraits each measuring 70x62.5 cm, arranged In five tiers on the two side walls, and 7 full-length portraits, three on either side wall and one (representing Alexander I) on the end wall. Of the full-length portraits, three are the work of painters other than Dawe: they are the portraits of Alexander I and of Friedrich-Wilhelm of Prussia, made by F. Kruger, and the portrait of Franz I of Austria by P. Krafft.
ПОРТРЕТ С. С. АНДРЕЕВСКОГО S S. ANDREYEVSKY
Слепа внизу подпись и дата: Painted from nature by Geo: Dawe 1821.
Степан Степанович Андреевский (1784 — после 1835) — генерал-майор. ГЭ 8086
ПОРТРЕТ А. А. АРАКЧЕЕВА A. A. ARAKCHEYEV
Слева внизу подпись и дата: Geo: Dawe pinxit 1824.
Граф Алексей Андреевич Аракчеев (1769— 1834) — генерал от артиллерии. Военный министр (1808 г.). Создатель военных поселений. Временщик Александра I в последние годы его царствования. ГЭ 7813 Выставка, 1905, вып. IV, N° 1076.
ПОРТРЕТ П. И. БАГРАТИОНА P. I. BAGRATIONагентство домашнего персонала