Ivan Friedritz

Born: 1803, St Petersburg
Died: after 1860

Engraver, illustrator, painter. Born in St Petersburg in the family of an impoverished Pole called Pawel Friederici (1803). Studied under Nikolai Utkin at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1815–18, expelled for non-payment of fees). Continued to study and live at the house of Nikolai Utkin (1818–24). Awarded the title of artist and a minor gold medal by the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1824). Nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts (1825). Lithographed illustrations and portraits (from 1826), including images of Ivan Krylov (1825), Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna (1826), Jan Tadeusz Bulharyn (1828) and Napoleon Bonaparte (1833). Opened a studio at 26 Mokhovaya Street in St Petersburg (mid-1830s). Drank heavily and died prematurely (after 1860). Contributed to exhibitions at the Imperial Academy of Arts (until 1836).

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