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Imperatorscaya Ermitazhnaya Galereya Litographirovannaya Frantsuzscimi Artistami ... Galerie Impériale De L'Ermitage, Lithographiée Par Mm. Dupressoir, Huot, Emile Boillard, Hyppolite Robillard, etc. Artistes Français. Imprimée Par Paul Petit. ouvrage dédié à Sa Majesté L'Impératrice. Sous La Protection Speciale De Sa Majesté L'Empereur. Editeurs:- Gohier Desfontaines et Paul Petit. Premier (Second) Volume

State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Galerie Impériale De L'Hermitage


Sankt-Peterburg,: , 1845 (-1847)

Physical Description

2 vols. in one; 560 mm.

General Note

Vol. I: [38] p., frontis. (port.), engr. t.pl., [2] ports., [62] pl. - Vol. II: [32] p., frontis. (port.), [2] ports., [61] pl. There are two copies of pl. [37].


Vol. I: [Frontis. (port.), t.pl., [2] ports., dedic.] - Imperatorscaya Ermitazhnaya Galereya. Spisoc' Osobam' ... [list of subscribers] - Galerie Imperiale De L'Ermitage. Oglavlenie Pervuii Tom'. 1ya Seriya. Tetrad' Pervaya (- Pyatnadtsataya) / Table du 1er volume. 1e Série 1e (-15e) Livraison; [imprimatur] - [Plates, with text]. - Vol. II: [Frontis. (port.), t.-pl., [2] ports.] - Galerie Imperiale De L'Ermitage. Oglavlenie - Vtoroi Tom'. 4-ya Seriya. Tetrad' Shestnadtsataya (- Tetrad' Tridtsataya) / Table du 2e volume. 4-e Série. 16-e Livraison (- 30e Livraison); [imprimatur] - [Plates, with texts].

Responsibility Note

In Volume I the frontispiece is signed as lithographed by H. Robillard; the other two portraits, by Huot. All three are signed as printed by Paul Petit, and all bear the publishers' imprint of Gohier-Desfontaines and Paul Petit. Only one carries the name of a source artist - 'Krüger'.

The plates of both volumes all give the name of the source-artist. All are signed as printed by Paul Petit; and most as lithographed by E. Robillard, Huot, Victor Dollet, Dupressoir or H. Robillard - five are signed as lithographed by students of the Imperial Academy, Kraousolt, Paul Semetschkin, Motchiloff or Rodolphe Joukovsky.

Each carries the publishers' imprint of Gohier-Desfontaines and Paul Petit.

The work is dedicated by Gohier Desfontaines to 'Sa Majesté L'Impératrice' (that is, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna).


V. F. Levinson-Lessing, Istoriya kartinnoy Galerey Ermitazha, 1764-1917 (1985).

On lithography in Russia see G.A. Miroliubov, 'Early Russian lithography' [exhibition catalogue] (1976) [in Russian]; A.F. Korostin, 'Russian lithography in the nineteenth century' (1953) [in Russian]; .E. Gollerbach, 'The history of engraving and lithography in Russia' (1923) [in Russian].

Summary Note

Bound in at the end of the Royal Academy's copy are two blue-paper covers, one carrying the date 1844, the other that of 1847. (On the back of each are printed the 'Conditions De La Souscription').

The text is printed in Russian and French.

The three portraits at the beginning of each volume are of members of the imperial family - in Volume I, the Emperor Nicolas, the 'Grand-Duc Héritier' and the 'Grand-Duc Constantin Nicolaévitch'; in Volume II, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (2 portraits) and the 'Grande-Duchesse Cesarevna'.

The plates show paintings by Caravaggio (2), Wouvermans (6), F. Mieris (2), P. Potter (6), Van Dyck (3), Claude Lorrain (3), Metzu (2), Rubens (4), Leonardo (2), Kuyp (2), A. Carracci (2), Rembrandt (6), Teniers (7), Poussin (3), Veronese, Raphael (3), Terbourg (3), Ruisdael (3), Murillo (6), Guercino (2), Lancret, Van der Neer, Correggio (2), C. Maratti, P. Bordone, Le Bourgignon, Van Ostade (4), F. Bol, Berghem, Titian, Canaletto (2), Perugino, Salvator Rosa (5), Palma vecchio, Guido Reni (2), Le Sueur, Albani, Domenichino (2), Demetri Ivanov, Andrea del Sarto, Giulio Romano, J. Wynantz, Vanloo, G. Dow (3), Fragonard, Watteau, J. Steern, Béga, Jordaens, Dujardin, Velasquez, C. Dolci, Denner, Greuze, Weninx, Bourdon, J. Vernet, Pordenone and Tilborgh.


Purchased for RA Library in 1891 (see RA Annual Report for 1891, p. 39).

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards, spine lettered 'Galerie Impériale De L'Ermitage', 'R.A.' and 'Saint Petersbourg 1845.'

Name as Subject


Paintings, European - History
Collections - Art galleries - Russia - St. Petersburg - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Russia - 19th century


Alexandra Feodorovna Empress, consort of Nicolas I, Emperor of Russia, dedicatee
David Teniers the elder, source artist
Philips Wouwerman, source artist
Paulus Potter, source artist
Rembrandt, source artist
Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, source artist
E. Robillard, lithographer
Hippolyte Robillard, lithographer
Huot, lithographer
Victor Dollet, lithographer
François Joseph Dupressoir, lithographer
Paul Petit, lithographic printer, publisher
Gohier Desfontaines, publisher
Paul Syemechkin, lithographer