Mary Arkadyevna Beck (née Stolypina) & daughter Maria Ivanovna Beck by Karl Pavlovich Bryulov, 1840
And this dashing gentleman was her first husband:
Portrait of Ivan Alexandrovich Beck (1807—1842) by Karl Pavlovich Bryulov, about 1839
Ivan Beck (1807-1842 ): Russian poet and diplomat, the first husband of Mary Arkadyevna Stolypin. A rich landowner. Beck was at a mission in the Netherlands, together with Prince Pavel Vyazemsky, who soon after Ivan’s death, the prince married his widow, Mary Arkadyevna.
Vyazemskij Paul and Maria Beck married in Constantinople 17th October 1848. After the wedding, the couple settled in the Russian Embassy in Buyuk-Dere, near Constantinople.
According to Wikipedia the above photo is apparently from after 17th October 1848, and depicts Maria with her second husband, and her two daughters from her first marriage, Maria & Vera. It is peculiar that the girls should have such short hair. They look more like boys. In fact, they might be boys. And the woman might be Vyazemsky’s sister with her two sons. That is according to the website of the Hermitage, see this post here, and my post here. There the caption says: Portrait of Prince P.P. Vyazemsky with his Sister Mary and his Nephews Peter and Alexander Valuev. Which makes more sense, the children really look like boys! I’m amazed how often the information on various websites is contradictory. The sister Mary from the above photo would be this woman here. She was known as Countess Maria Petrovna Valueva (née Vyazemskaya, 1813-1849), daughter of poet and prince Pyotr A. Vyazemsky (1792-1878) and Princess Vera Feodorovna Vyazemskaya.
A few months after their marriage Maria Arkadevna expected their first child who was born 20th September 1849: Daughter Ekaterina Pavlovna (1849-1929), who later in life married Sergei Dmitrievich Sheremetev. Maria Arkadevna and Pavel Vyazemsky had two more children:
- Alexandra Pavlovna (1855-1928) was the wife of the Minister of Internal Affairs Dmitry Sipiagin
- Pyotr Pavlovich (1854-1931) in his youth participated in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78., Rose to the rank of Major General, after the revolution, he emigrated to France, died and was buried in Menton. With him this branch of the family Vyazemskys extinguished.
Maria Arkadevna’s eldest daughter Maria Ivanovna (1839-1929) grew up and married Aleksandr Nikolaevič Lamsdorf (1835-1902), who turned out to be a tyrant. They had one child. See my other post here, for a painting of Maria Ivanovna by Winterhalter. Maria’s sister Vera Ivanovna (1841-1912) married prince Dmitrij Gorčakov (1828-1907), they had one child.
This is Maria Arkadevna in the 1860s:
And this is her in the 1880s: