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Orest Adamovich Kiprenskii (1778-1836)  Portrait of Sergey Semionovich Uvarov  Oil on canvas, 1816  117.3 x 90.8 cm  The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia
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Title: Sergey Uvarov
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Orest Adamovich Kiprenskii (1778-1836)
Portrait of Sergey Semionovich Uvarov
Oil on canvas, 1816
117.3 x 90.8 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia



Count Sergey Semionovich Uvarov (Russian: Ñåðãǻé Ñåì¸íîâè÷ Óâà́ðîâ) (August 25 (5 September) 1786, Moscow – September 4 (16), 1855, Moscow) was a Russian classical scholar best remembered as an influential imperial statesman.

Uvarov, connected through marriage with the powerful Razumovsky family, was a godchild of Catherine the Great. He published a number of works on Ancient Greek literature and archaeology, which brought him European renown. A confirmed conservative, he was on friendly terms with Alexander Humboldt, Madame de Stael, Goethe, Prince de Ligne, Nikolay Karamzin, and Vasily Zhukovsky. 1811 to 1822, he curated the Saint Petersburg educational district.

In 1832, Uvarov was appointed Deputy Minister of Public Education. In 1833–1849, he succeeded his father-in-law Count Razumovsky as the Minister. He was elected Honorable Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1811 and was the President of that venerable institution 1818 until his death.

Uvarov was responsible for coming up with the formula "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Populism", the basis of his activities regarding public education. He stood for impeding access to education for the people of the non-noble origin and strengthening governmental control over the universities and gymnasiums.

Despite the reactionary measures, Uvarov is also responsible for laying the foundations of high-quality education in Russia and reinstating the practice of sending the Russian scientists abroad. Uvarovite, the rarest of garnets, is named after him. His son Aleksey Uvarov co-founded the Russian Archaeological Society and the State Historical Museum in Moscow.

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