George Dawe

George Dawe

English artist
Date of Birth: 08.02.1781
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of George Dawe
  2. Invitation to Russia
  3. Portraits and Honors

Biography of George Dawe

George Dawe, an English artist, was born on February 8, 1781, in London, into a family of an engraver and caricaturist. His first teacher was his father. After that, he studied at the London Academy of Arts and graduated in 1803. Following his education, Dawe worked as a master of reproductive engraving and painted historical, mythological, and genre scenes in the style of sentimental romanticism. He quickly became a fashionable portraitist, known for his portraits of notable individuals.

George Dawe

Invitation to Russia

Thanks to the patronage of the Duke of Kent, Dawe attended the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle, where he was introduced to Alexander I, the Emperor of Russia. Impressed by Dawe's talent, Alexander I invited him to Russia to work on the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace. From 1819 to 1829, Dawe lived in St. Petersburg, enjoying great success in the high society.

Portraits and Honors

Taking advantage of his popularity, Dawe painted numerous expressive portraits, including P.A. Mezhakov with his wife, M.Ya. Naryshkina with children, General-Lieutenant and poet of the "Pushkin Pleiad" Denis Davydov, Admiral A.S. Shishkov, and large portraits of Field Marshal Kutuzov and General Barclay de Tolly.

In 1820, Dawe was elected an honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, and in 1828, he was awarded the title of the first portrait painter of the Russian Imperial Court.