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Photo, Print, Drawing Irkutskai︠a︡ modnit︠s︡a. Иркутская модница.

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  • Irkutskai︠a︡ modnit︠s︡a.

Other Title

  • Иркутская модница.

Translated Title

  • A Fashion-Plate from Irkutsk. Posing Was the Wife of a Justiciary Who Hosted a Group of Lovers of Drawing.


  • Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881-1954) was a Russian artist who in 1904 traveled by prisoner transport from western Russia across Siberia. Along the way he created a series of drawings and watercolors of the people and places he encountered. Best known as a portraitist, Smirnov focused on the faces of the men and women he met, who included exiles, prisoners, settlers from Ukraine and western Russia, local military and civilian officials, peasants and merchants. His works from this period also include a handful of drawings of houses and landscapes. The sketches were made in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, and in villages along the route. The details of Smirnov's journey are sketchy. Some accounts say that he traveled along the Great Siberian Road as a volunteer on the way to the front in the Russo-Japanese War. Other accounts say that he was an exile, possibly sent to Siberia for refusing to be conscripted into the army. The Great Siberian Road, depicted in several of Smirnov's drawings, was the route from Moscow to China via Siberia. Smirnov's collection of 99 graphic items is preserved in the Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional History and Folklife. The collection was acquired by the museum from the artist in 1950. It was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers project in the early 2000s. The complete collection is presented in the World Digital Library. World Digital Library.


  • Smirnov, Boris Vasil'evich, , 1881-1954 , artist.

Created / Published

  • Irkutsk, Russia : [publisher not identified], 1904


  • -  Smirnov
  • -  grafika
  • -  portret
  • -  Sibir'
  • -  Irkutsk
  • -  Clothing and dress
  • -  Fashion
  • -  Hats
  • -  Jewelry
  • -  Models
  • -  Portrait drawings
  • -  Portraits
  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  Irkutsk Oblast
  • -  Смирнов
  • -  графика
  • -  портрет
  • -  Сибирь
  • -  Иркутск


  • -  Avtorskai︠a︡ podpis' - vnizu v t︠s︡entre (karandash). Tyl'nai︠a︡ storona lista sverkhu - avtorskai︠a︡ nadpis': "Irkutskai︠a︡ modnit︠s︡a Irkutsk 1903 g." (skoropis'; karandash). Tyl'nai︠a︡ storona paspartu verkhniĭ levyĭ ugol - avtorskai︠a︡ nadpis': "khud. B.V. Smirnov Irkutskai︠a︡ modnit︠s︡a 1904 g. Pozirovala dama, zhena sudeĭskogo chinovnika, u kotorogo byl kruzhek li︠u︡biteleĭ risovanii︠a︡" (skoropis'; fioletovye chernila).
  • -  Original image at: Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional History and Folklife
  • -  Авторская подпись - внизу в центре (карандаш). Тыльная сторона листа сверху - авторская надпись: "Иркутская модница Иркутск 1903 г." (скоропись; карандаш). Тыльная сторона паспарту верхний левый угол - авторская надпись: "худ. Б.В. Смирнов Иркутская модница 1904 г. Позировала дама, жена судейского чиновника, у которого был кружек любителей рисования" (скоропись; фиолетовые чернила).


  • 1 drawing : color pencil ; 32 x 22.2 cm.

Source Collection

  • Boris Smirnov Print Collection

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2018688212

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Smirnov, Boris Vasil'Evich, , Artist. Irkutskai︠a︡ Modnit︠s︡a. Russian Federation Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk, 1904. [Irkutsk, Russia: publisher not identified] Photograph.

APA citation style:

Smirnov, B. V. (1904) Irkutskai︠a︡ Modnit︠s︡a. Russian Federation Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk, 1904. [Irkutsk, Russia: publisher not identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Smirnov, Boris Vasil'Evich, , Artist. Irkutskai︠a︡ Modnit︠s︡a. [Irkutsk, Russia: publisher not identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.