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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 is a drawing. It is dated 1805 and we acquired it in 1998. 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.

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Its medium is

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

Its dimensions are

24.8 x 38.4 cm (9 3/4 x 15 1/8 in.)

It is signed

In gray ink, lower left: T. de Thomon

It is inscribed

Inscribed in gray black ink, upper center: Facade Lateralle du Monument Sepulrale pris sur la ligne E: F:; at lower center, two scales (one in gray/black, one in brown ink - both indicating Russsian measurements); at lower left in brown ink, 12:3.

This object was drafted by Thomas de Thomon (Jean-François Thomas) and architect: Thomas de Thomon (Jean-François Thomas)

This object was purchased from Georges Bac Ltd.

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