The National Library of Russia
The National Library of Russia
Our library
Collections
Catalogues
Services


The Laddey Collection

F.-S.Hanfstaengl. Portrait of the actor Emil Devrient. 1840
F.-S.Hanfstaengl.
Portrait of the actor Emil Devrient. 1840

The National Library of Russia purchased the Laddey collection in 1857. It contains 12 500 plates, mostly the lithographed and engraved portraits dating the nineteenth century. The collection also includes the nineteenth-century popular prints, termed lubki, and a group of photo portraits. It was collected during the years 1817 to 1857 by Gustav Laddey (1796-1872), the leading actor of a German troupe at St. Petersburg. Laddey began collecting portraits of the historical figures for the purpose of acting. The actor used the details of the portraits to create the stage characters based on historical personages. Later, he expanded the collection to portray conspicuous people of all time periods and countries of the world.

Ivan Rozonov. Portrait of Artamon Matveyev, the Founder of the First Court Theatre. Dotted line. 1801
Ivan Rozonov. Portrait of Artamon Matveyev, the Founder of the First Court Theatre. 1801
D.Berger after F.Rosenberg's drawing. Portrait of the actor Iohann Friedrich Ferdinand Fleck.  Etching, burin engraving. 1783
D.Berger after F.Rosenberg's drawing. Portrait of the actor Iohann Friedrich Ferdinand Fleck. 1783

 
© The National Library of Russia, 2000-2018