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Pavel P. Svinin

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (Павел Петрович Свиньин; also transliterated Svin'in or Svinyin) was born in Russia on June 8, 1787. He attended the School for the Nobility and the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

After entering the foreign service at the age of 18, Svinin was given the opportunity to travel around the world. In 1811, his travels brought him to the United States as the Secretary to the Russian Consul-General, based in Philadelphia.

Svinin traveled along the East Coast from Maine to Virginia. Along the way, he sketched the American landscape, painted watercolors, and wrote articles. He was fond of the similarities between the United States and his home country including tolerance for different religions. American steamboats and the public education system were also favorite subjects for the Russian diplomat.

Although he did not like the system of political parties, Svinin admired the American form of government. In an article entitled "A Glance at the Republic of the United American States," Svinin made an indirect reference to Thomas Jefferson's most famous phrase from the Declaration of Independence. "The Americans have shown themselves fully worthy of enjoying those rights of true liberty and happiness," Svinin wrote, "the first foundation of the spirit of their government, which ... excels in this respect all the ancient and modern republics."

Pavel Svinin left the United States in June of 1813. Following his travels, he published his memoirs and watercolors, in addition to other illustrations from his American visit. His watercolors included images of Natural Bridge and Niagara Falls. A large collection of Svinin's work can be seen at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City. Svinin died in Russia in 1839.

From www.monticello.org, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
The Traveler's First View of New York—The Battery and Flagstaff
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Winter Scene in Philadelphia—The Bank of the United States in the Background
The Packet "Mohawk of Albany" Passing the Palisades

The Packet "Mohawk of Albany" Passing the Palisades

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Nightlife in Philadelphia—an Oyster Barrow in front of the Chestnut Street Theater
Delaware Water Gap (?)

Delaware Water Gap (?)

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Niagara Falls—Canadian Side by Moonlight

Niagara Falls—Canadian Side by Moonlight

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Philadelphia from across the Delaware River

Philadelphia from across the Delaware River

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Passaic Falls, New Jersey (?)

Passaic Falls, New Jersey (?)

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Full Sail off Sandy Hook—Entrance to New York Harbor

Full Sail off Sandy Hook—Entrance to New York Harbor

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Shad Fishermen on the Shore of the Hudson River

Shad Fishermen on the Shore of the Hudson River

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

The Tornado

The Tornado

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Merrymaking at a Wayside Inn

Merrymaking at a Wayside Inn

Attributed to John Lewis Krimmel (1786–1821)

A Philadelphia Anabaptist Immersion during a Storm

A Philadelphia Anabaptist Immersion during a Storm

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

A View of the Potomac at Harpers Ferry

A View of the Potomac at Harpers Ferry

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Moravian Sisters

Moravian Sisters

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Albany, New York

Albany, New York

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

The New City Hall, New York

The New City Hall, New York

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Travel by Stagecoach Near Trenton, New Jersey

Travel by Stagecoach Near Trenton, New Jersey

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Black Methodists Holding a Prayer Meeting

Black Methodists Holding a Prayer Meeting

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Niagara Falls—Table Rock by Moonlight

Niagara Falls—Table Rock by Moonlight

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

A Town on the Mohawk River in Central New York State (?)

A Town on the Mohawk River in Central New York State (?)

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Sunday Morning in front of the Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia
The Monument to Alexander Hamilton at Weehawken

The Monument to Alexander Hamilton at Weehawken

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Black Sawyers Working in front of the Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

After the Tornado

After the Tornado

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Fourth of July in Centre Square, Philadelphia

Fourth of July in Centre Square, Philadelphia

Attributed to Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)

Steamboat Travel on the Hudson River

Steamboat Travel on the Hudson River

Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)