|Miagkov has shown that the prototype for Archibald Archibaldovich was Iakov
Danilovich Rozental' (1893-1966), nicknamed "The Beard" (for reasons
that should be obvious from this photo).
Rozental' was the manager of the Hertzen House (Griboyedov) restaurant
and the restaurant of the Journalists' Union from 1925-31. The Bulgakovs
were acquainted with Rozental', and Elena Sergeevna mentions him in her
diary. (Sokolov BE)
The caricature at right was drawn by K. Yeliseyev in the mid-30s.
Archibald Archibaldovich's name also connects him with a literary prototype,
a mysterious character in Andrei Bely's Moscow Eccentric, Eduard
Eduardovich von Mandro. (Sokolov BE)