Cartoonist, graphic artist, illustrator
Alexander Agin and his younger brother Basil were illegitimate sons of an officer, A.P. Elagin. In 1834, the brothers arrived to St. Petersburg to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. He studied historical painting in KPBryullov, but did not become a painter.
He started to illustrate the contemporary Russian literature, mainly satirical. At the end of 1846 and early 1847 72 of his illustrations were published (and all 100 in 1892).