The subject of the article is I.S. Turgenev’s reputation in Great Britain. He gained international fame in 1860s–1870s, was the first to present the great Russian novel in Britain, where for some time he was perceived as a «strong energetic writer», but later, as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky appeared on the literary scene as «sages» and «prophets», he was relegated to the status of esthete, «pure artist». Victorians had the «Hall of fame» for the «first row» writers and a chapel for lesser deities – «pure artists», where paradoxically they gave a place to a «large, strong hunter» Turgenev.
Russian and English literature; intercultural communication; imagology.