Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra’s Bedroom in the Winter Palace

In 1826 the former apartment of Alexander I and Empress Elizabeth was reconstructed for Nicholas and Alexandra on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace. Archival documents describe the new interiors but there have been few images of the rooms before the palace was destroyed in the 1837 fire until now.
 
A rare watercolor (below) of Nicholas and Alexandra’s Bedroom (184) before the 1837 fire
 
E. Hau’s watercolor c1859 (below) of the Bedroom (note the architect Briullov retained many architectural details)

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