The Petrine Gallery
It was Vladimir Stasov who came up with and carried out the idea of creating the Petrine Gallery of all the graphic material relating to Peter the Great.
Alexei Zubov. Portrait of Peter the Great, mounted on a horse.
Etching, burin engraving. 1721
The Siege of Azov in 1696.
The collection comprises Russian engravings from the first quarter of the eighteenth century: portraits of Peter the Great and his contemporaries, scenes of land and sea battles, victory celebrations and views of Moscow and St Petersburg.
A number of very rare prints was transferred to the gallery from the collections of Mikhail Pogodin and Adam Olsufyev.
A large part of the engravings from the Petrine era consist of impressions specially taken for the Public Library in 1851 from all the plates stored in the General Staff archive.