Saturday, 25 January 2020

Nicholas I’s Baby Stroller and Grand Duchess Anastasia’s Baby Walker

During the last two centuries the baby products for the young imperial grand dukes and duchesses are familiar having been adapted to modern times.

Photograph (below) of future Emperor Nicholas I’s baby stroller later used by his brother Grand Duke Mikhail who was born two years after in 1798
Photograph c1902 (below) of Grand Duchess Anastasia in her baby walker in the Mauve Room of the Alexander Palace

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Empress Alexandra with a Group of Singers in the Winter Palace

In 1902 Empress Alexandra took singing lessons with a professor from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. A year later the photographs below show the empress joining a group of singers in her Silver Drawing Room (186) on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace.

On the afternoon of Saturday February 8th 1903 Nicholas II noted in his diary that ‘four singers from Vienna sang various funny things in the Malachite Hall’.

Photograph c1917 (below) of the Silver Drawing Room with the Schroeder Piano
Photograph (below) of the Schroeder Piano exhibited today in the former Study (305) of Empress Maria Alexandrovna on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Emperor Nicholas II’s Winter Palace Private Garden

There was a severe blizzard during the night which stopped by morning. A mass of snow had fallen’. [Nicholas II’s Diary Friday January 26th 1901]

Photograph (below) of Nicholas with his dogs and Empress Alexandra’s little dog near the Saltykov Entrance in the Private Garden of the Winter Palace [ГАРФ, ф 601 оп.1 д.1632]

Photographs (below) of the Private Garden showing the northwest section’s 2nd floor corner balcony of Nicholas’ Study and the large gates to the Palace Embankment


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Empress Alexandra’s Fabergé Vitrine in the Winter Palace

During a visit from Saturday January 13th to Thursday February 15th 1901 Empress Alexandra’s brother Ernest, Ducky and their daughter Elizabeth lived on the 3rd floor of the Winter Palace. A series of family photographs were taken in the Study (184) of Alexandra on the 2nd floor [ГАРФ, ф.601 оп.1 д.1632].

Photographs (below) of Nicholas II, his sister Xenia and Ducky next to Alexandra’s vitrine