Christina Robertson (1796-1854)
Christina Robertson (1796-1854) - Scottish painter. Spent many years in Russia at the imperial court, where she received wide acclaim. Christina Robertson is considered one of the most talantlevyh artists of the mid-19th century, and is a significant achievement for a woman and mother of many children. Also very interesting that in spite of its success and popularity, very few quadrupeds of the artist's life. Christina Robertson was born in Fife, Scotland in 1796. It is not known when the artist began to paint and how to receive education. In 1822 she married the artist James Robertson and they settled in London. Christine Robertson were born eight children, four of whom would die in childhood. Since 1823. the artist takes part in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Academy in London and Edinburgh. In 1829 she was named an honorary member of the Scottish Academy (the first woman ever to receive such recognition). Throughout the 30s a few times was in Paris. Her portraits are often used popular magazines 30's and 40's. It is for the journals her name became known in Russia. In 1837. Christina Robertson was in Paris, where she wrote several portraits of Russian customers, any of which could not recommend the imperial court painter. As time was a period of "Anglomania" at the court, and all the British were fashionable. In 1839. Christina Robertson takes part in the exhibition at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Already in 1840 she ordered two full-length portraits: Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. After that, Robertson received a lot of orders. The second visit was for the Russian artist long (from 1847 to 1854.). Here she writes a lot of portraits. In 1953, her health uhudzhaetsya and maybe Christina Robertson poyavlyayutsya financial difficulties (there is evidence that some customers refused to pay for the work of the artist.) Christina Robertson died in St. Petersburg in 1854 and was buried at the Volkov cemetery.