The medallions in memory of military events of 1812, 1813, 1814

The medallions in memory of military events of 1812, 1813, 1814
The medallions in memory of military events of 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1815 years, invented by count F. Tolstoy, and engraved on steel, by way of Beta, N. Bentovim.
1838. SPb.
With the permission of the Supreme published by the archaeographic Commission. Printed in the Military printing house. [8] p., XX l. of prints and one L. prints, not included in the pagination, 21 L. explanatory text for each engraving. 32х29 see the Count Fedor Petrovich Tolstoy (1783-1873), sculptor and medalist, painter and draughtsman, Vice-President of the Academy of fine arts (1828-1859). He was born in St. Petersburg, 10(21) February 1783 in the family, which derives its origin from a famous diplomat of the Petrine era P. A. Tolstoy, which Peter I granted the count's dignity. Since childhood, Fyodor Tolstoy was in the family of a military career. Upon completion in 1802 of the Sea cadet corps he was appointed to the rowing fleet. Continuing to live in St. Petersburg, Tolstoy alone to continue his education, studying a variety of disciplines and at the same time attending drawing classes at the Academy of fine arts. In 1804, after he retired, he decided to devote himself entirely to creativity, calling this act a sharp condemnation of relatives. Since then, the whole life of Tolstoy was given to the service of art. At the mention of the name Feodor Tolstoy primarily come to mind famed author medallions (21), devoted to heroic events of the Patriotic war of 1812 and foreign campaigns of 1813-1814 years. The originals were made of wax, were created in the period from 1814 to 1836 and are now stored in the Russian Museum. This series has resonated with the ideals of citizenship and patriotism, who lived in the advanced Russian society of that era. In this edition, played a famous series of medallions of F. Tolstoy recently invented a method of engraving on steel. The Preface notes that it is "the first successful experience of engraving machine Beta with such convex and large objects; to date no one, neither in Russia, nor abroad, had not produced such experiences with such an obvious success." Vereshchagin, No. 864: "In this special edition reproduced mechanically medallions, Laplandia gr. F. Thick according to the drawings placed in the "Collection of medals". All figures 21, namely, not numbered medallion depicting Emperor Alexander I, and 20 numbered drawings, of which 19 represent in allegorical form the events of the war years 1812-1815 (medals), not the 20th sheet is placed in a reduced form both sides of the first not numbered medallion. All images are placed outside the text, and printed by V. Rossel estampes on thick paper." In tselnokozhanom cover, modern edition. The covers are restored, spine and endpapers replaced. Minor contamination of the unit. Good preservation. Rare collector's edition.
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