Nikolai Lomtev

Painter, graphic artist. Born in the family of merchant called Pyotr Lomtev in Rostov (1816). Studied under Fidelio Bruni at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1837, occasional student). Went to Italy to perfect his art on funds supplied by his father (1838). Lived in Rome, where he was advised by Fidelio Bruni, painted icons and collaborated with Alexander Ivanov. Awarded the title of non-class artist (1845). Returned to St Petersburg (1846), where he produced little work, suffered severe pecuniary privations and constantly appealed to the Academy with requests for commissions and financial assistance. Worked in the Ukraine (1858). Died in St Petersburg (1859). Contributed to exhibitions at the Imperial Academy of Arts.

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