Nikolai Kalmakov № 5
His early manhood bore all the marks of the Russian aristocracy. From Italy, the family moved back to St. Petersburg, and Kalmakoff studied at the prestigious Imperial School of Law. Here, he rubbed shoulders with princes and nobles, acquiring the arrogance for which he would later be well-remembered. At this time, he also met Nicolai Evreinoff, a fellow student who was as passionately interested in the theatre as Kalmakoff was by painting. After graduating at the age of twenty-two, Kalmakoff launched himself into painting, while Evreinoff began directing at 'le Theatre Ancien'. Unfortunately, nothing is known about Kalmakoff's activities during this time. One apocryphal account relates that he spent the next seven years in Italy teaching himself painting and studying anatomy at a nearby hospital, to the extent of dissecting corpses.