17 July 2011

Grigorovitch or Grigoryevich

Tretchikoff, like all the Russians, had a patronymic. It is a sort of a second name. His father's given name was Grigoriy (Григорий). So the artist's full name was 'Vladimir, son of Grigoriy', or Vladimir Grigoryevich (Владимир Григорьевич).

Now and then, some wiseacre would change this to 'Grigorovich', or even Gregorovich, in Tretchikoff's Wikipedia entry. But Grigorovitch is a Russian surname, not a patronymic.   

And this is Vladimir Grigoryevich.

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