Distinguished Master and the Founder of an Artistic Family
In 1854, after the construction of the main buildings in Peterhof, N. Benois was awarded by the Order of St. Vladimir of the 4th Class, in 1858, for his merits (Lissino) - by the Order of St. Stanislav of the 2nd Class, in 1865, for his services (the estate of Petrovsko-Razumovskoye) - by Order of St. Vladimir of the 3rd Class, in 1886, in connection with the anniversary - by the Order of St. Anna of the 1st Class. In the same year, the City Council established the Scholarship named after N. Benois at the Academy of Arts.
Nikolas Benois was an even-tempered person but, at the same, he had steadiness to carry out his views. He also had an ability to judge impartially and was easy to communicate with everybody, so Nikolas was deeply respected by his colleagues. N. Benois was highly regarded by his contemporaries as a brilliant architect-artist who knew much about of all the variety of trends in modern architecture, as a connoisseur of styles and an experienced practitioner engaged in the reconstruction and completion of the buildings, often adding them to an architectural ensemble. Benois could combine the typical desire for the feasibility and functionality with spirituality and figurative expressiveness. He has remained in the memories of the members of his large family as a great toiler who devoted his entire life to the art. No wonder that the Russian branch of the artistic dynasty, the head of which was Nicholas Benois and successors were his talented sons (Albert, Leon, Nicholas, Michael, Alexander) and grandchildren (the Lancerays, Schroters, Frolovs, Serebryakovs, Ustinovs and others) made the Benois family famous.