Under the Birch Trees
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Baron Mikhail Konstantinovich Klodt von Jurgensburg ( St Petersburg 1832 - St Petersburg 1902 )
Baron Mikhail Konstantinovich Klodt von Jurgensburg was born in St. Petersburg, the son of Baron Konstantin Klodt, an engraver. His uncle Peter Klodt von Jürgensburg was a famous Russian sculptor. Mikhail Konstantinovich studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts under Vorobyev (1817-1888) from 1851 to 1858. He won a large Gold Medal from the Academy for his work, and received a scholarship for three years to study painting in France, Switzerland and Italy, but abandoned his trip a year later. On his return Klodt secured permission to use the rest of the scholarship funds to travel around Russia.