The artist is Repin
Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) is the third son of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Alexandrovna, younger brother Alexander III, General from Infantry. Since October 30, 1869 – Comrade of the President (Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna), since February 14, 1876 – President of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Commander-in-Chief of the Guard of the St. Petersburg Military District, member of the State Council.
He was a famous philanthropist, patronized many artists, gathered a valuable collection of painting. One of the walls of the billiard room in his palace on the Palace Embankment, 26 (now the house of scientists with him. M. Gorky) decorated the picture and. E. Repin "Barge Haulers on the Volga", for which the Grand Duke paid the artist 3,000 rubles.
A sketch to the picture "Solemn meeting of the State Council on May 7, 1901, on the day of the centenary from the date of its institution"(1903).