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Pavel Svin'in in was once a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent years as a part of the 1st Russian diplomatic project to the USA. This identify provides an entire English translation of his memoir. 31 unique watercolours supplement his provocative perspectives on themes resembling slavery, faith, politics, and the superb arts."

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After the emotional meeting, Svin’in asserts that Moreau exclaimed, “Ah! My dear S – – , what a man is the Emperor! ”18 Svin’in was developing a strong sense of national identity. But, despite his efforts to deliver the French general safely, Moreau died from wounds he received in his first battle against Napleon. 30 A Biography of Pavel P. Svin’in After the general’s death, Svin’in set off for England to inform his widow and to offer her condolences on behalf of Alexander i. 19 A series of articles with some artwork appeared in this journal in 1813 and 1814 on topics such as religion, Native Americans, slavery, and steamboats.

Numerous American traders, merchants, and visitors had been living in Russia for many years. Most of the Americans mingled with Russian high society through the English Club, which as far back as 1770 had become a meeting place for Russians who were 19 w i l l i a m b e n t o n w h i s e n h u n t engaged in social, commercial, and political interaction with the British and other foreigners. Russian-American relations in St Petersburg have been characterized by one historian as follows: “the Russians tolerated well the American traits of frugality, plainness of dress, and smattering of the court language, French, and many even seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be at ease with friendly Americans at social occasions and to practice their English.

Yarmolinsky’s book was a result of these two discoveries. Its main purpose was to present to the American public an album of Svin’in’s paintings depicting American scenes and to supplement these with excerpts from the author’s written accounts, edited and annotated by Yarmolinsky. Travel in N orth A merica and the Picturesque Yarmolinsky included in his volume fifty-two watercolours he believed were painted by Svin’in. However, recent research has proven that only some of them were Svin’in’s. 6 This volume therefore represents the first complete translation of Svin’in’s writings on North America.

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