|Born||9 March 1777|
|Died||13 March 1832 (aged 55)|
Orłowski was born in 1777 in Warsaw into an impoverished noble family, his father was a tavern-keeper. In early childhood he became known as a prodigy, and soon Izabela Czartoryska financed his first painting classes with the artist Jan Piotr Norblin. In 1793 Orłowski joined the Polish Army and fought in the Kościuszko Uprising against Imperial Russia and Prussia; he was wounded and returned to Warsaw for further studies, financed by Prince Józef Poniatowski. He studied with many notable painters of the age, including Norblin, Marcello Bacciarelli and Wincenty Lesserowicz.
His works include countless sketches of everyday life in Poland and Russia, and scenes from the Kościuszko Uprising and other Polish wars.
- Bogusław Mucha, Artyści polscy w nowożytnej Rosji, Łódź 1994, ISBN 83-7016-738-1
- Ludwik Bazylow, Polacy w Petersburgu, Wrocław 1984, ISBN 83-04-01567-6
- "Aleksander Orłowski" from Tygodnik Ilustrowany #34 (19 May 1860) @ Polona
Media related to Aleksander Orłowski at Wikimedia Commons