Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Panorama of the Long Corridor in the Winter Palace
A long corridor connected the Jordan Staircase to the private apartments of Nicholas and Alexandra Feodorovna on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace. The windows look out into the Large Inner Courtyard and opposite are mirrored doors into the Nicholas and Concert Halls.
Photographs (below) of the Corridor today
After the 1837 fire, the architect Stasov designed the Pompeian Gallery [151-153 on the 2nd floor plan] for the long corridor.
V. Sadovnikov c1842 watercolor (below) of the Pompeian Gallery
Painting c1850s (below) of the Pompeian Gallery with doors leading into Empress Alexandra’s Winter Garden [152 on the plan]
K. Ukhtomsky’s c1862 watercolor (below) of the Pompeian Gallery
Chandelier (below) preserved today
During the reign of Alexander III, the architect Gornostaev redesigned the corridor into the Eastern Gallery in 1886. Paintings of battle scenes from the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-78 were displayed on the walls.
Photograph c1903 (below) of the Eastern Gallery during the reign of Nicholas II and Alexandra
Photograph c1915 (below) of the Eastern Gallery used as part of the Tsarevich Alexei Hospital in the Winter Palace
Panorama (link below) of the former Pompeian Gallery known today as the Romanov Gallery: