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      <br><br> de Lafon (Delafon, fr. Sophie de La Font. Maiden name – Dubuisson, fr. Dubuisson. 1717-1797) – Head of the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens in 1764-1797, State Dame of the Russian Imperial Court.<br>Biography<br>She was born on August 8 (19), 1717 in France, in a Huguenot family. She graduated from high school in Saint-Cyr.<br><br>Due to religious persecution, the Dubuisson family moved to Russia and settled in St. Petersburg. Parents were engaged in the wine trade. In 1703, her father, Jean Dubuisson, one of the first hotels in the city.<br><br>At the age of 15, she was married to the Frenchman Wilim (Guillaume) Delafon (fr. Guillaume de La Font) – a general in the Russian service and attained the rank of full state councilor. But the marriage was unsuccessful – her husband lost his mind, and then died, and she was left almost without a livelihood with two young daughters.<br><br>Lafon’s were noticed by I.I.<br><br>On November 22, 1796, she was granted a lady of state, on the day of the coronation of Emperor Paul she received the Order of St. Catherine of the Small Cross.<br><br>She died in St. Petersburg on August 9 (20), 1797. She was buried at the Volkov Lutheran cemetery. The grave has not survived.<br><br>On July 30, 1864, Lafonskaya Street and Lafonskaya Square (now the Proletarian Dictatorship Square) near the Smolny Monastery were named in her honor.<br>BibliographyRussian portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries, vol. IV, no. 209 / ed. led. book Nikolai Mikhailovich. – SPb, 1907.

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