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Caught in a Storm. Second Half of the 19th century

Sverchkov Nikolai
Oil on canvas
50,5 х 77

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1919 из собрания П.П. Сувчинского, Петроград


The artist depicts travellers overtaken by a blizzard. The powerful gusts of the north wind are too strong even for three horses; the travellers are obliged to emerge from their sledge and help to propel it along the snow-covered road.

Author's Biography

Sverchkov Nikolai

Sverchkov, Nikolai Egorovich (1817, St Petersburg — 1898, Tsarskoe Selo, near St. Petersburg)
Painter, draughtsman, lithographer, genre artist, portraitist, animal artist. Born into a family of a cabman. Did not receive professional artistic education. Worked for the Ministry of the Interior (until 1842). Awarded the title of free portraitist at the Imperial Academy of Arts for Rider, Self- Portrait, etc. (1839). Undertook painting commissions from Khrenov and Çesme stud farms (from 1840s). Academician for 'Landowner’s Troika' (1852), professor (1855). Awarded the Légion d’honneur at the World Exhibition in Paris (1863) for 'Return from the Bear Hunt', 'Fair in Voronezh', 'Postal Station'.

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