In the art collection of the Museum of V.I. Lenin of particular importance is the Fund of Lenin’s lifetime sketches. A portrait taken from life, even if there are photos, remains an extremely interesting historical document. Everyone who had the chance to draw or mould Lenin from life noted that “the extreme mobility of his posture and facial muscles made him a very difficult model for the artist.” All the more valuable are the sketches that have preserved the individual features of the appearance of the living Vladimir Ilyich. Separately, it is worth mentioning the color drawings of the artist N. Andreev, which he made on the basis of his sketches from nature. These drawings are the most iconic in the pictorial Leniniana. Throughout the Soviet period, their reproductions were printed in millions of copies. They were on banners and posters, hung in offices and schools; they were printed on badges and various souvenir products not only in the USSR, but all over the world.