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Pavel Svin'in in used to be a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent years as a part of the 1st Russian diplomatic venture to the U.S.. This name provides an entire English translation of his memoir. 31 unique watercolours supplement his provocative perspectives on issues resembling slavery, faith, politics, and the wonderful arts."

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15 In the midst of these tensions and growing friendship, Russia and the United States agreed to establish official relations that led to the exchange of diplomats. In 1809 the first American minister to Russia, John Quincy Adams,16 arrived in St Petersburg. In the same year Andrei Dashkov17 arrived in Philadelphia to head the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Initially, in early 1809, William Short had been nominated by the outgoing president, Thomas Jefferson, as the first American minister to Russia, but his rejection by the Senate left the nomination for the position in the hands of the future president.

15 In the midst of these tensions and growing friendship, Russia and the United States agreed to establish official relations that led to the exchange of diplomats. In 1809 the first American minister to Russia, John Quincy Adams,16 arrived in St Petersburg. In the same year Andrei Dashkov17 arrived in Philadelphia to head the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Initially, in early 1809, William Short had been nominated by the outgoing president, Thomas Jefferson, as the first American minister to Russia, but his rejection by the Senate left the nomination for the position in the hands of the future president.

Some historians have debated Svin’in’s influences, but it was clear that the director of the academy, Ivan A. Akimov, and Professor Grigorii I. 6 Not long after Svin’in began his serious study of painting, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a translator. N. Seniavin’s forces, who were opposing Napoleon in the Mediterranean. On the way to join the fleet he stopped in Copenhagen and Portsmouth, England. This travel through Europe had a profound effect on the young artist now turned diplomat that would later resurface in his career.

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