Drawing, "The Mausoleum for Czar Paul I (1754-1801) in the Park of Pavlovsk, near Saint Petersburg, Russia: Side Elevation", 1805 Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, green and brown watercolor, trace of black chalk on cream laid paper, ruled borders in pen and black ink. Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from Drawings and Prints Council, Sarah Cooper-Hewitt, and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Funds. 1998-37-1.
What is this?
A side of a building with five Doric pilasters, portico, and one Doric column. A Doric frieze contains metopes of masks and vases. At right and left corners of the base supporting the building are two urns, each entwined by a snake. At left, a tree grows on a boulder near a path; at right - an abundance of trees and foliage. Czar Paul I (r. 1796-1801) was assassinated in March 1801. His widow, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, commissioned this mausoleum from Thomas de Thomon, a French architect working in St. Petersburg between 1799 and 1813. The building still stands today on the grounds of Pavlovsk Palace.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery: Treasures from the Collection, Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Sunday, May 02, 2004