Yours brilliant shoulders, Yours divine bosom
Glafira Alymova: Glafira is not depicted behind the harp for nothing. From a young age she was attracted to music, and after Smolny she continued to study it, having achieved great success in playing this instrument. When she was still studying at Smolny, the trustee of the institute, Ivan Betskoy, who at that time was already a very old man who idolized Alymova until the end of his life, fell in love with her.
Natalia Borshova: Natalia is shown at the moment of the dance. She graduated from Smolny with a gold medal, was traditionally admitted to the maid of honor and lived a rather standard life of a court lady. She died at the age of 85, having outlived two husbands, the first of whom was from the Musin-Pushkin family.
Feodosia Rzhevskaya (right) and Nastasya Davydova: Rzhevskaya, upon graduation, was awarded Empress's gold shift . She loved to dance and did well in ballet performances. She got married quite late for that time - at age of 26, to Prince Golitsyn, a widower. She died at 35.There is little information about Davydova. she was a Georgian princely family and in Smolny was distinguished by her ability to recite well. there was apparently nothing remarkable about her fate.
Ekaterina Khrushcheva (left) and Ekaterina Khovanskaya: Khrushcheva was the daughter of a military man, and her mother was a nee Princess Volkonskaya. After graduation, Catherine entered the maid of honor and later married von Lohmann. She died, having lived the usual life of a lady of her circle, in 1811. Khovanskaya belonged to an ancient princely family. After the institute she married Yu.A. Neledinsky-Meletsky, poet, state secretary of Emperor Paul I.
Ekaterina Nelidova: She was not of noble birth, her father was a simple artillery officer. The institute was completed with a small gold medal, she was taken as maid of honor of wife of the heir to the throne. He liked charming girl very much,Catherine responded to his feelings.When Paul became king, Nelidova returned to court, she made friends with the queen. But soon Pavel cooled down to her, and the girl again returned to Smolny, where she lived until old age, never getting married.