oil on canvas 35 x 61. 5 cm (13 3/4 x 23 3/4 in.) signed lower right LOT NOTES Mekertich Givanian was born in Istanbul and studied at the Istanbul Academy of Arts under the tutorship of the French artist Pierre Guillemet. In 1874, Givanian met Ivan Aivazovsky, whose work he greatly admired. In Givanian's works, one can see many of Aivazovsky's influences, but with a style specifically his own.