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Portrait of General Mikhail Dmitrievich Skobelev

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Pleven (painted)

  • Date:

    1878 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 85, shelf SC, box 9

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Pleven (painted)


1878 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on back of mount General Skobeleff der Jungere [sic]


Height: 27.8 cm, Width: 17.8 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - 'Bt fr Lucy Hoare, Sept.1967 £3' [SD.193-SD.196].

Historical context note

C. H (or H., C) was probably a Special Artist for the Illustrated London News. The same monogram appears on an engraving of the Oltenitza, North Bank of The Danube in the ILN, 2 June, 1877, p.508, accredited to `one of our Special Artists'; and again on 2 March 1878, p.188, View From Constantinople, Showing Prince's Islands In The Distance, accredited to `an obliging correspondent' (p.187). There were a number of artists sent out to cover the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-8. For suggestions as to the identity of this one, see Searight Archive. See also Houfe, 1981, Chapter 7, pp.136-147.

Descriptive line

Drawing, Portrait of General Mikhail Dmitrievich Skobelev, 1878, by an artist signing with the monogram HC

Production Note

Painted by an artist signing with the monogram HC




Watercolour drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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