Tamara Semenovna Komarova,

Senior Researcher, Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



“Worth the Respect and Praise of the Artist”: Drawings of Krasnoyarsk Merchants’ Children (Mid-19th Century)


 DOI: 10.31518/2618-9100-2021-1-16

 The article is a continuation of the material published in the journal “Rodina” (No. 5, 2019) and is devoted to the artistic creativity of children from the family of Krasnoyarsk merchants Larionovs. For the first time all the identified graphic and watercolor images created in the mid-19th century by the younger generation of the Larionovs and stored in the fonds of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local Lore are presented. A drawing of a local merchant’s son E.N. Tokarev is also published. The author gives new biographical information about the Krasnoyarsk private teacher of drawing, who studied with the Larionovs and Tokarev, the surveyor A.I. Butakov. The conclusion is made about the important place of drawing training in the upbringing of children of citizens, which was considered not only as a useful and meaningful activity, but also as a means to introduce Russian history and culture to the youth. The preserved collection of drawings of Krasnoyarsk merchant children emphasizes the high cultural level of ordinary Siberian merchants, testifies to the outlook and range of interests of its representatives. It is significant that the basics of drawing, along with other general education disciplines, were taught not only by boys, but also by girls.

Publishing: 28/02/2021

The article has been received by the editor on 27.07.2020

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How to cite: Komarova T.S. “Worth the Respect and Praise of the Artist”: Drawings of Krasnoyarsk Merchants’ Children (Mid-19th Century) // Historical Courier, 2021, No. 1 (15), pp. 182–207. [Available online:] http://istkurier.ru/data/2021/ISTKURIER-2021-1-16.pdf

Links: Issue 1 2021

Keywords: Krasnoyarsk; merchants; the Larionovs; children; education; artistic creativity; A.I. Butakov