Author: Oleškevičius Juozapas, 1777 - 1830
Material / technique: oil on copper.
Dimensions: unframed - 28,0 cm x21,1 cm; framed - 50,7x44,9cm.
Signature: Oleszkiewicz /1812.
This small, clearly signed and dated ("Oleszkiewicz /1812") oil on copper painting depicts a young well-known Russian aristocrat and friend of Alexander Pushkin, Count Fedor Ivanovich Tolstoi, called "Amerikanets" ("American") wearing a green dressing-gown trimmed with fur, seating at his writing desk. The desk features a column and a stack of books (among them is one by Swedish scientist Carl von Linne) behind it.