ORLOVSKY, Aleksandr Osipovich
(b. 1777, Warszawa, d. 1832, St. Petersburg)

The Hay Market, St. Petersburg

1820
Oil on board, 42 x 54 cm
Private collection

This genre painting depicts the Hay Market at St. Petersburg. The market place dates back to 1737 and was considered to be the 'belly' of St. Petersburg. It was the trading hub for peasants, farmers and merchants exchanging and selling firewood, cattle, crops and hay.