In the house of the Struysky there was a portrait of a young man with delicate features, a magnificent tie and a cape draping a figure.
The image of the unknown in a cocked hat is full of charm of careless youth. The face of a young man with lively dark eyes, a welcoming smile, a delicate and fresh blush conceals a kind of understatement. Facial features are feminine soft. A brilliant triangle hat aggravates, a golden caftan shines through the black transparent masquerade domino, a light foam of lace frill falls on the chest.
On the back of the portrait was a mysterious encrypted inscription. The similarity
However, with the help of X-rays and special studies, it was possible to prove that in fact the portrait depicts a woman with Tatar facial features and is written over her “unknown in a cocked hat”. Both in the first and in the second case, the artist Rokotov wrote the same person – the first wife of the Struysky Olympiad, who died in childbirth. Apparently, Nikolai Yeremeyevich ordered to remake a woman into a man, so as not to embarrass the tender feelings of the new young wife and not arouse her jealousy.