Mikhalkov (one of them, Sergey Mikhalkov, became a famous Soviet poet and writer) are a Russian aristocratic family, dating back to the 15th century. In the end of 19th – beginning of 20th century the family owned a large estate on the bank of Volga River, not far from Rybinsk. Sergey Mikhalkov’s great-grandfather was a rich and learned man, and owned a good collection of arts. A part of his collection probably perished during the Revolution, another part was nationalized and taken over by the State Museum Fund. According to the documents of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, in 1926 it received 1219 prints from the Mikhalkov collection.