The Empress Elizabeth of Russia (1709–1762) on Horseback, Attended by a Page

Artist: Attributed to Georg Christoph Grooth (German, 1716–1749)

Date: after 1743–49

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 31 3/8 x 24 1/2 in. (79.7 x 62.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear Jr., 1978

Accession Number: 1978.554.2


Grooth, born in Stuttgart, arrived in Saint Petersburg in 1743 and died there in 1749, at the age of thirty-three. From 1746, he was court painter to Elizabeth. This is a reduced replica with some differences in detail of his 1743 portrait of the empress (Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow).