L. Tolstoi [facsimile signature]
Photografische Gesesllschaft in Berlin [c.1905]
Scarce photogravure, In pencil verso "To my dear teacher Miss Florinne Fardborough in memory of our lessons etc. 1910"; platemark 330 x 250mm (13 x 9¾") very large margins. ms in Russian to lower margin; stamp of a Moscow printseller verso. Some foxing.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author of 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Photogravure from Il'ya Repin's 1901 full-length portrait of Tolstoy, barefooted (St Petersburg, State Museum), cropping the composition to the sitter's upper body. Repin (1844-1930), the foremost exponent of the late 19th century Russian Realist style, first met Tolstoy in 1880 and produced several portraits of him.
[Ref: 40233] £450.00