Sunday, 10 May 2020
Nicholas II’s Pool-Tub in the Winter Palace
Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra spent the first day in their newly reconstructed apartment on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace on Saturday December 30th 1895. His bathroom (961) was located next to the Gothic Library. That evening the emperor wrote that ‘with delight I took a bath in my marvelous swimming pool-tub’.
Photograph c1930s (below) of the Bathroom’s marble pool-tub
Two days later on Monday January 1st he noted they ‘got up early. I splashed around with delight in my pool-size bathtub and after coffee I sat down to unbearable telegrams’.
Photograph c1930 (below) of the steps in the pool-tub that the architect Kramskoy enlarged in 1898 (note the door at the top right that led to the Passage Room (179) and Valet (180) with spiral stairs to his dressing room on the mezzanine)