Art and Industrialists in Late Tsarist Russia

An illustrated talk by Beryl Williams

Language: In English

Russia’s rapid industrialization in the second half of the nineteenth century has always been portrayed as a state sponsored and developed phenomena, and that is, of course, true, especially in St Petersburg and in the heavy industry sector, but there were also Russian industrialists who played a significant role. Moscow merchant families, in particular, became fabulously wealthy over this period through their development of textiles, railways and other industries, and were noticeable philanthropists and, especially, art patrons. This lecture will look at these Moscow merchants and at the art they commissioned and encouraged from 1870 to 1914.

Beryl Williams is Emeritus Reader in History at the University of Sussex and the author of books on the Russian Revolution and on Lenin.

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