Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow)
Her portrait work of the English upper class regularly served as the basis for engravings from magazines of the time, it was through these publications that her fame spread to the Russian dignitaries in St. Petersburg. England at that time was very much in vogue in Russia, it was a period of 'anglomania' in Russian high society, anything British was very fashionable.
Christina Robertson - Self portrait (1822)
Around 1830, during visits to Paris, she got the opportunity to portray some Russian officials. She exhibited in St. Petersburg and her popularity among the Russian nobility rose, after which they asked her to paint two full-length portraits of Tsar Nicholas I and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna. In 1847 she settled permanently in Russia. But eventually the relation between Britain and Russia cooled off, culminating in the Crimean War. Her work wasn't appreciated anymore with full enthusiasm. Her health and perhaps her financial situation went backwards. In 1854 she died, and she is buried at the Volkovo cemetery in St. Petersburg.
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