Prince Trubetskoy, a close friend of Rembrandt Bugatti and his family, as well of famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, was of Russian descent but was born and lived in Italy. Until 1897 he had a studio in Milano before returning to Russia and teaching at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Trubetskoy was an impressionist who worked in France, England, Italy and the USA from 1906. He was a self-taught artist influenced mainly by Giuseppe Grandi. His most noted works concentrated on portraits of the “Belle Epoche” of society. As a convinced vegetarian he also created several animal sculptures. One of his well known citations was: “As I cannot kill, I cannot authorize others to kill. Do you see? If you are buying from a butcher you are authorizing him to kill – to kill helpless creatures which neither you nor I could kill ourselves.” As with all other participants of the 1912 art competitions, except the gold medal winners, the title of the submitted work is unknown. During the years before and after the turn of the century Trubetskoy created several sculptures of athletes.