This collection of portraits of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–52) was published under the auspices of the Society of Lovers of Russian Literature for the centenary of the birth of Gogolʹ, a Ukrainian-born Russian playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. The book is divided into two parts: an annotated list of the known portraits of the writer on pages 3–15, followed by reproductions of each portrait. The portraits trace Gogol’s life in chronological order, from 1827 before he was well known, until his death in Moscow in 1852, including a period of his life when he lived in Rome. In addition, the book contains images of the mask of his face made after his death and drawings of Gogol on his deathbed. The goal of this publication was to compile portraits of Gogol made during his lifetime and confirmed as authentic by documents. Each portrait has an annotation. While most of the images are naturalistic pictures of Gogol alone, there are also group portraits, allegorical scenes, and a satirical cartoon.
Compiler: Society of Lovers of Russian Literature
Place: Europe; Russian Federation
Institution: Yaroslav Mudryi National Library of Ukraine
Physical description: 15 pages of text with 30 annotated portraits