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Leonid Tomiloff

  • Given name:
    Leonid
  • Last name:
    Tomiloff
  • Alternative names:

    Леонид Томилов, Leonid Tomilov

  • Profession:
    DecoratorScene Designer
  • Introduction:

    As a professional scene-designer, Leonid Tomiloff was in high demand in Istanbul. For many years, he worked at the Theatre des Petits Champs and was the chief decorator of the Constantinople Commercial Club.

    Word Count: 33

  • Signature Image:
    Short note about Leonid Tomiloff (Radio, 30 January 1927, n.p.).
  • Content:

    Leonid Maksimovich Tomiloff was born in Siberia into the family of a wealthy merchant. He received his education at the prestigious Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (where Nikolai Vasilieff also studied), and his special field was “decorator”. After his studies, he taught drawing in secondary school for a while, but soon left this activity, as he preferred working at the theater. Until the revolution and the civil war, Tomiloff distinguished himself at the Bolshoi Moscow Imperial Theater under the leadership of Konstantin Korovin and Leonid Brailovsky. He fought in the war, where he received two serious injuries; one to his head and one to his leg. Nevertheless, Tomiloff came back from the war with the rank of captain and continued to work in the speciality he once trained in, only now in Istanbul, where he was forced to flee to. Like many other Russian-speaking artists (Vladimir Bobritsky, Nikolai Kalmykoff, Nikolai Peroff and others), in the first years of his émigré life, Tomiloff did a lot of work at the Theatre des Petits Champs (as well as at other small émigré theater associations), creating various sets for performances. According to contemporary journalists, his scenery contributed almost 50% of the success. They wrote: “Which of the Russians, one way or another involved in the theater, did not know L.M. Tomiloff? It is difficult to find such a person not only among the actors, but also among the public, even a foreign one” (Turskiy 1927, n.p.). Subsequently, Tomiloff's talent was appreciated by the regulars of the Constantinople Commercial Club, where he worked as chief decorator throughout the existence of this entertainment establishment. There is every reason to believe that, after the closure of the club, he worked in Ankara. Unfortunately however, there is no information about how his life ended. Interestingly, the details of the artist's life were published in several Istanbul newspapers because of rumors about his death that circulated around the city. Nevertheless, the obituaries created by the journalists turned out to be premature.

    Word Count: 335

  • Media:
    Entertainment program of the Constantinople Commercial Club as listed in the Zarubezhnyi Klich almanac, April 1925.
  • Bibliography (selected):

    Turskiy, Boris. “Nekrolog. L.M. Tomilov.” Radio, 21 January 1927, n.p.

    Anonymous. "Hudojnik L.M. Tomilov." Radio, 30 January 1927, n.p.

    Almost all issues of Vecherniaia Gazeta (1924–1926) and Zarubezhnyi Klich.

    Word Count: 28

  • Archives and Sources:

    Slavonic Library (Slovanská knihovna) in Prague.

    Word Count: 6

  • Acknowledgements:

    I would like to thank the representatives of the Slavonic Library (Slovanská knihovna) in Prague for helping me tremendously during my work at the library.

    Word Count: 25

  • Author:
    Ekaterina Aygün
  • Known addresses in Metromod cities:

    Theatre des Petits Champs, Mezarlık Street 500 (now Meşrutiyet Caddesi 50), Beyoğlu, Istanbul (place of work); KKK, Grand Rue de Pera 322 (now presumably Istiklal Caddesi 130), Beyoğlu, Istanbul (place of work).

  • Metropolis:
    Istanbul
  • Ekaterina Aygün. "Leonid Tomiloff." METROMOD Archive, 2021, https://archive.metromod.net/viewer.p/69/2949/object/5138-12042389, last modified: 16-09-2021.
  • Vladimir Bobritsky
    PainterScene DesignerGraphic ArtistMusician

    Bobritsky worked at the Theatre des Petits Champs, where he successfully dealt with stage designs and costumes, at the same time he participated in the Union of Russian Painters in Constantinople.

    Word Count: 31

    Promotional photograph of Vladimir Bobri (1898–1986), illustrator, author and editor of Guitar Review magazine, 1950. Self-scan from Guitar Review magazine, Winter 1987, no. 8 (The entire contents of the GUITAR REVIEW unless otherwise noted are copyrighted © 1985 by ALBERT AUGUSTINE LTD).
    Promotional photograph of Vladimir Bobri (1898–1986), illustrator, author and editor of Guitar Review magazine, 1950. Self-scan from Guitar Review magazine, Winter 1987, no. 8 (The entire contents of the GUITAR REVIEW unless otherwise noted are copyrighted © 1985 by ALBERT AUGUSTINE LTD).Vladimir Bobritsky decorates the shawl of Vera Strelsky, a former member of the Russian Imperial Ballet (Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), 13 January 1924, p. 86).Illustrations by Vladimir Bobritsky, Mentor, June 1930 (Chris Mullen, fulltable.com).
    Istanbul
    Konstantinopol’skiy Kommercheskiy Klub
    Club

    KKK was probably the most popular Russian club in Beyoğlu district between 1924 and 1926. Not only Russian émigrés but also local residents could enjoy its constantly updated entertainment programme.

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    Some of the Russian artists who took an active part in the club’s events, clockwise from top left: violinist Pavel Alekseevich Zamoulenko, singer Maria de Monighetti, ballerina Yevgeniya Vorobyova, poet and musician Ivan Andreevich Korvatsky (Zarubezhnyi Klich almanacs of 1925).
    The name of the club as listed in the Zarubezhnyi Klich almanac, April 1925.The first chairman of the club, Nikolai Alekseevich Ilyin-Chesmensky (Zarubezhnyi Klich almanac, April 1925, n.p.).Some of the Russian artists who took an active part in the club’s events, clockwise from top left: violinist Pavel Alekseevich Zamoulenko, singer Maria de Monighetti, ballerina Yevgeniya Vorobyova, poet and musician Ivan Andreevich Korvatsky (Zarubezhnyi Klich almanacs of 1925).Istiklal Caddesi 130 (Elhamra Han), Beyoğlu, Istanbul (Photo: Ekaterina Aygün, 2019).
    Istanbul
    Nikolai Peroff
    PainterArt restorerIconographerChoir DirectorCharitable Society’s ChairmanScene Designer

    Nikolai Peroff lived in Istanbul until the end of his life. He was engaged in restorations, carried out scene decorations, and did a lot for the Russian churches in Karaköy.

    Word Count: 31

    Nikolai Peroff, 1941 (Hagop Ayvaz Collection, Hrant Dink Foundaiton Archive, Istanbul).
    Nikolai Peroff, 1941 (Hagop Ayvaz Collection, Hrant Dink Foundaiton Archive, Istanbul).Nikolai Peroff (Tarih ve Toplum, no. 150, June 1996).Photograph of Nikolai Peroff's work, Istanbul, 1921. Source: Scrapbook “To Mr. and Mrs. Stearns from Russian Painters”, p. 7 (Stearns Family Papers. Archives & Special Collections. The College of the Holy Cross).One of the works by Nikolai Peroff as a scene designer (Tarih ve Toplum, no. 150, June 1996)."Dekor: N.Peroff", Şehir Theatre, Istanbul (Akşam, 16 December 1954, p.4)."Dekor: Peroff", Şehir Theatre, Istanbul (Akşam, 17 February 1955, p. 7).Father Viktor in front of the wall that was painted by Nikolai Peroff, Aya Andrea Russian Orthodox Church (Photo: Ekaterina Aygün, 2019).Church (Aya Andrea) parishioners at the beginning of the 1960s, Nikolai Peroff is the fourth from the right (© Aya Andrea Russian Orthodox Church’s archive).
    Istanbul
    Nikolai Kalmykoff
    PainterScene DesignerMuralist

    Kalmykoff played an active part in the Union of Russian Painters in Constantinople and at the same time worked as a stage designer. Later he acquired the Turkish citizenship.

    Word Count: 29

    Nikolai Kalmykoff (http://www.antikalar.com/naci-kalmukoglu).
    Nikolai Kalmykoff (http://www.antikalar.com/naci-kalmukoglu).Naci Kalmukoğlu, Liman (© Ankara Devlet Resim ve Heykel Müzesi).Naci Kalmukoğlu, Köyde tütün işleyenler (© Ankara Devlet Resim ve Heykel Müzesi).Works by Nikolai Kalmykoff (Ulus, 12 February 1941, p. 2).Works by Nikolai Kalmykoff (Ulus, 13 February 1941, p. 1).Nikolai Kalmykoff by Turkish caricaturist Ratip Tahir Burak (Ulus, 27 March 1943, p. 2).Exhibition in Ankara (Ulus, 28 March 1943, p. 2).Fortuneteller, by Nikolai Kalmykoff (Ulus, 15 November 1947, p. 3).
    Istanbul
    Nikolai Vasilieff
    PainterScene DesignerMuralist

    Vasilieff was not only one of the Union of Russian Painters in Istanbul’s leaders, but he is also remembered for his stage settings and costumes for the ballet Scheherazade at the Theatre des Petits Champs.

    Word Count: 36

    Consuelo Kanaga (American, 1894-1978). [Untitled] (Nicholas Vasilief, Painter). Gelatin silver photograph, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wallace B. Putnam from the Estate of Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.414
    Consuelo Kanaga (American, 1894-1978). [Untitled] (Nicholas Vasilief, Painter). Gelatin silver photograph, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wallace B. Putnam from the Estate of Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.414Nicholas Vasilieff, Still Life With Mushrooms, 1960. Oil on linen, 30 × 40 1/8 in. (76.2 × 101.9 cm). (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mrs. Ansley W. Sawyer 61.59).
    Istanbul