Display Name: Ekaterina Petrovna Shuvalova
Countess Ekaterina Petrovna Shuvalova née Saltykova
(Aristocrat of the Russian Empire, 1743-1816)
Ekaterina Petrovna Shuvalova. Daughter of Count Pyotr Semyonovich Saltykov and Princess Praskovia Yuriyevna Trubetskaya. Paternal granddaughter of Count Semen Andreevich Saltykov (1672-1742) and Sophia Yakovlevna Volynskaya. Through her paternal grandmother, she was a descendant of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the last ruler of the Principality of Trubetsk. Sister of Count Ivan Petrovich Saltykov, Countess Warwara Petrovna Saltykova, and Countess Anastasia Petrovna Saltykova.
She was married to Count Andrei Petrovich Shuvalov in 1762. Soon after the wedding, she and her husband made a Grand Tour, which included among other things, a visit of Voltaire in Ferney. Upon their return to Moscow in 1766, they received a visit of Empress Catherine II. Thanks to her favor Countess Catherine Petrovna took a prominent position at the court. "Cancelled amiable in a simple and a friendly community," according to Prince Dolgoruky, Shuvalov was holding an open house, "where science, art, poetry, theater and all captivating the imagination, abducted first place in the conversation, activities and amusements."
Appointed lady in waiting in 1766, she retained the favors and affections of the Empress until 1776, where she and her husband settled in Paris. They wouldn’t return to St. Petersburg until 1781, where she resumed her position as a lady in waiting. After the death of her husband in 1789, she withdrew from court life with the exception of 1792. In that year, she was tasked by the Empress to bring the young Baden Princesses to Court in order for the Grand Duke Alexander to select a bride. Upon marrying the younger Princess, Countess Shuvalova was made Ober-Hofmeisterin of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden). She eventually retired from Court in 1797 and moved to Rome, where she died in 1816.
She had four children with Count Andrei Petrovich Shuvalov:
Praskovja Andriivna (1767-1828)
Alexandra Andriivna (1775-1847)
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