Aleksey Kivshenko (1851-1896). Kutuzov at the conference of Fili deciding to surrender Moscow to Napoleon. 1880. Oil on canvas. Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery.
During one of these pauses Kutuzov heaved a deep sigh as if preparing to speak. They all looked at him. “Well, gentlemen, I see that it is I who will have to pay for the broken crockery,” said he, and rising slowly he moved to the table. “Gentlemen, I have heard your views. Some of you will not agree with me. But I,” he paused, “by the authority entrusted to me by my Sovereign and country, order a retreat.”
- Leo Tolstoy. War and peace. Trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude. 1922-23.