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Pavel Svin'in in used to be a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent years as a part of the 1st Russian diplomatic challenge to the USA. This identify offers an entire English translation of his memoir. 31 unique watercolours supplement his provocative perspectives on issues corresponding to slavery, faith, politics, and the high quality arts."

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H. ” The folio had been purchased in Russia by a Red Cross worker. The paintings were soon identified as those of Pavel Svin’in, the Russian painter, writer, and first publisher of the journal Notes of the Fatherland (1818–30). Independent of this finding, Dr Yarmolinsky, then director of the Slavonic Division of the New York Public Library, had discovered during his trip to Russia in 1923–24 a small volume previously unknown to him entitled A Picturesque Voyage in North America, written by Svin’in and published in St Petersburg in 1818.

With both the United States and Russia fighting foreign invaders, a closer relationship began to be forged between them. 9 During his stay in the United States, Svin’in wrote and provided sketches for the journal Port Folio. In his articles he tried to depict a clear image of Russia for an American audience. In 1813, toward the end of his stay in the United States, he published Sketches of Moscow and St Petersburg in English. This book to some extent incorporates the material he had published in the Port Folio, but in a more extensive format he attempted to present Russian life and culture to the American public in order to dispel the many myths that surrounded Russia and to emphasize the similarities between the two nations.

Ironically, the minister who headed the delegation, Andrei Dashkov, was quite competent in French, German, and English; so Svin’in’s language skills were not used extensively. The main goal of the first diplomatic mission was the establishment of good commercial relations between the two countries. It was evident that Svin’in’s duties did not put a great demand on his time. Less than a year into his stay in the United States, the country went to war with Great Britain and Napoleon invaded Russia.

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