“Portrait of Volkonsky children with arap” occupies one of the key places in a series of brilliant children's images created by a famous artist in painting and drawing. Looking at the picture you also understand that Bryullov is a brilliant animal painter. His spaniel of a rare breed with curly hair was written out immaculately, vividly and expressively.
In the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, the picture was far from immediately: until the 1917 revolution, it was kept in the family of Prince PD. Volkonsky. In 1905, the work was exhibited at the famous portrait exhibition, arranged in the Tauride Palace by S. Dyagilev. In Soviet times, the canvas got into the State Russian Museum, and in 1930 it was transferred by way of exchange to the Tretyakov Gallery.