Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Photographs of the Maple Drawing Room & Working Study in the Alexander Palace c1930s

The rare view (below) of Empress Alexandra’s Maple Drawing Room was taken by the photographer Pavel Perelomov c1930s.
Photographer Pavel Perelomov (below) in Nicholas II’s Working Study in the Alexander Palace c1930s
ГМЗ «Царское Село»

Monday, 28 January 2019

Aerial Photograph of the Winter Palace

The aerial (below) shows a view of the Winter Palace looking west with the Neva River on the left and Palace Square to the right. The apartments of Nicholas and Alexandra were in the northwest section at the lower left with the small inner courtyard which the windows of Alexandra’s bath and Nicholas’ pool overlooked.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Views of the Winter Palace and St. Petersburg at the time of Nicholas II & Alexandra’s Marriage in 1895

The following rare stereoscopic photographs show the palace and city as it was in the first year after the wedding of Nicholas II and Alexandra. [Deutsches Historishes Museum]

Photograph (below) of the Winter Palace Northwest Section where Nicholas and Alexandra lived on the 2nd floor
Photographs (below) of the Winter Palace from across Vasilyevsky Island, the Neva River, the west side facing the Admiralty and Palace Square showing Empress Maria Alexandrovna’s balcony on the 2nd floor

Photographs (below) of the New Hermitage, the Grand Staircase and Hall

Photograph (below) of the Alexander Column and General Staff Building
Photographs (below) of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter the Great Statue and Emperor Nicholas I Statue
Photographs (below) of the Nevsky Prospekt, Church of the Spilled Blood, Mikhailovsky Castle and Smolny

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Catherine the Great’s Childhood Homes in Stettin and Zerbst

Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst at the age of fifteen sailed to Saint Petersburg with her mother Princess Johanna in 1744 to marry the heir taking the name Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeievna and in 1762 Empress Catherine II. After her mother left, she never visited her childhood homes in Stettin and Zerbst or saw her family again.

Aerial view today (below) of the old Stettin Palace, a port city in northern Germany now part of Poland, birthplace of Catherine
The legend of the poor German princesses dazzled by the riches of the imperial court is relative, absence of excessive luxury. Born in Stettin on April 21st 1729, Catherine grew up with governesses, tutors and servants and regularly visited family relatives for long periods: Hamburg, Brunswick, Kiel and Frederick the Great in Potsdam. Her friend the author Friedrich Grimm proposed a biography in 1776. Catherine asked ‘why are you going to Stettin? You will find no one alive there. I lived in the palace wing to the left of the square in three vaulted rooms with the church bell tower adjacent to my bedroom. But in all this I do not find anything particularly interesting unless you think the place contributes to the formation of ordinary empresses’.

Photographs c1870 (below) of Schloss Zerbst in central Germany from the albums of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria

In November 1742 when her father Prince Christian co-ruled with his elder brother the principality of Zerbst, the family moved to Schloss Zerbst. After his death in 1747 her mother Johanna was regent until their son’s majority. They fled to Paris in 1758 after Frederick the Great incorporated Zerbst into the kingdom of Prussia, where she died in 1760 at the age of forty-eight.

Aerial view c1920s (below) of Schloss Zerbst
Plan c1798 (below) of Schloss Zerbst and Garden [Stables 14, Laundries 21, Riding School 23, Orangery 28]
Aerial view (below) of the restoration of Schloss Zerbst today
Photograph (below) of the reconstruction of Princess Johanna’s rococo bed

Monday, 14 January 2019

Buckingham Palace Interiors c1900

The clarity and color of these rare photographs of the interiors of Buckingham Palace c1900 are amazing [Deutsches Historishes Museum].
Queen Victoria’s Study
Prince Albert’s Study

Dining Rooms

Drawing Rooms, Throne Room

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Catherine & Alexander Palace, White Tower, Hermitage in Tsarskoe Selo c1942

The following are rare photographs of the interiors of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo taken in 1942  [Deutsches Historisches Museum].

Great Church

Arabesque Hall
Great Hall from bomb damage in 1941

Display of art objects (note the painting possibly of Count Fredericks, the Minister of the Court)

Alexander Palace and White Tower

Hermitage in the Catherine Park and interiors of the dining room