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This silhouette is the only image of Maria Nikolaevna Volkonskaya (1790 – 1830), Leo Tolstoy's mother. 1810s. #Leo_Tolstoy

Three great Russian writers – Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), Maxim Gorky (1868 – 1936) and Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904). Crimea, Russia, 1901. #Leo_Tolstoy


Philipok: De Leon Tolstoi, illustré par Gennady Spirin: Livres

Several things belonged to Maria Nikolaevna Volkonskaya (1790 – 1830), Leo Tolstoy's mother: her books, her box, her bracelet and some lyrics written by her. #Leo_Tolstoy

Lannes, Jean 1st Duc de Montebello, 1st Prince de Siewierz (April 1769-May 1809) Marshal of the Empire. Ranks with Davout and Masséna as Napoleon's ablest generals.

1805 Princess Catherine Bagration, wife of Pyotor, the most audacious Russian general killed at Borodino in 1812 (the battle was the subject of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture).