Shuvalov (Шува́лов) is a Russian noble family which, although documented since the 16th century, rose to distinction during the reign of Empress Elizabeth and was elevated to counts on 5 September, 1746.
Members of Shuvalov noble family
The notable Shuvalovs include:
- Ivan Ivanovich Shuvalov (1727-1797), lover of Empress Elizabeth and Maecenas of the Russian Enlightenment, who declined a comital title offered to him by the sovereign;
- Count Alexander Ivanovich Shuvalov (1710-1771), his first cousin, Field Marshal and head of the secret police;
- Count Peter Ivanovich Shuvalov (1711-1762), the latter's brother, Field Marshal and Minister of War, one of the most influential policy-makers during Elizabeth's reign;
- Count Andrey Petrovich Shuvalov (1743-1789), the latter's son, spent most of his life abroad, conversing with Voltaire and writing libertarian verses in French; the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica names him as the true author of Catherine II's celebrated letters to the French Encyclopedists;
- Count Peter Andreyevich Shuvalov (1827-1889), the latter's grandson, who wielded great influence at the court of Alexander II of Russia;
- Count Pavel Andreyevich Shuvalov (1776-1823), Russian general during Patriotic War 1812;
- Count Pavel Andreyevich Shuvalov (1830-1908), the latter's brother, who represented Russia at the Congress of Berlin and at the German court;
- Count Pavel Pavlovich Shuvalov (1859-1905), the latter's son, who headed the Moscow police before his assassination by revolutionaries in 1905;
- Count Mikhail Andreyevich Shuvalov (1850-1903), inherited the title of Prince Vorontsov from his maternal grandfather but died without issue.
Other people with Shuvalov last name
- Igor Shuvalov (born 1967) - First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
The Shuvalov seats include four residences in St Petersburg:
- the Baroque palace of Ivan Shuvalov on Italianskaya Street, constructed in 1749-55 to a design by Savva Chevakinsky, later sold to the Ministry of Justice, best known as the place where the Imperial Academy of Arts started to operate;
- the Neoclassical palace of Peter Ivanovich Shuvalov, later sold to the House of Yusupov, who decorated it with shameless opulence, best known as the place where Rasputin was killed (, , , );
- another Neoclassical palace, inherited by Pavel Petrovich Shuvalov from the Naryshkins in 1900 (illustrated, to the right);
- the manor of Shuvalovo near St Petersburg.
They also inherited the possessions and castles of the ducal Biron family in Courland, such as the Rundale Palace.