Jacob Pamfilovich Seryakov (1818–1869?) - a talented self-taught master who was engaged in bone carving. His work - numerous portraits of the military, officials, merchants, artists, writers. Despite the lack of special education, Seryakov also created imperial and grand-ducal images. His works are distinguished by absolute external similarity and surprising subtlety and thoroughness of execution.
The exhibition shows for the first time the largest collections of his works belonging to the Russian Museum and the Hermitage. They will complement the exhibits of the Tretyakov Gallery, the St. Petersburg Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art, and the private collection of the Karisalov family. Some portrait busts and medallions have not yet been exhibited.