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Khvoshchinskaia before Krestovskii

October 12, 2022

Natal’ia Kulikova:

Another gem of our collection is a portrait in miniature of Nadezhda Dmitrievna Khvoshchinskaia as a child. Here she is four or five years old. The artist is unknown. (2:44–2:56)

The same picture appears in black and white on page 61 of Jehanne M. Gheith’s 2004 Finding the Middle Ground: Krestovskii, Tur, and the Power of Ambivalence in Nineteenth-Century Russian Women’s Prose, where it’s described like this: “Portrait of Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia by Sofiia Khvoshchinskaia, in watercolor. Riazan’ Historical-Architectural Museum.”

You can take an online tour of the current exhibit at that museum, Nadezhda Dmitrievna Khvoshchinskaia: “An Honest Soul.” This painting by Sofiia Khvoshchinskaia is also on display:

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