Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Further to my previous post on the construction of the Paley palace in Tsarskoe Selo for Grand Duke Paul and Princess Olga, the architect was completing the interior decorations during 1913. Photographs below of the Concert Hall, Oak Drawing Room, Salon, 2nd floor Staircase and Halls, Princess Bedroom and Dressing Room and the Kitchen.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
At the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo on Monday May 19th 1908 Nicholas II noted in his diary that they ‘sent out luggage off today to Peterhof on the motor-train taken for a test which turned out to be successful. It went back and forth to Peterhof three times fully loaded.’ Photographs c1908 (below) of the motor-train arrival at their Lower Dacha in Peterhof and on the road
Monday, 12 October 2020
After the controversial marriage of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, the youngest son of Alexander II, and Olga Pistolkors the couple resided in Paris. Prior to their permanent return in 1914 to Russia where Olga received the title Princess Paley, they had a palace built near the Catherine Palace Park in Tsarskoe Selo (photographs below).
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
On Tuesday February 8th 1900 Nicholas and Alexandra after an early dinner ‘went to the Alexandriinsky Theatre, where the Italian Salvini played the role of “Otello” with our people. From there we went off to a ball at the Yusupovs. A supper was served for us in their theatre – this was very beautiful. We returned home after 3 am.” Photograph (below) of the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River in St. Petersburg
Thursday, 10 September 2020
The Malachite Hall  on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace was the entrance room to the apartment of Nicholas and Alexandra where family dinners and gatherings were held. After the revolution the Malachite Hall was one of the former rooms of the imperial couple used by the provisional government in late summer of 1917 (photo below).
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Grand Duke Sergei noted in a letter on January 27th 1897 to his brother Paul that ‘the painting La Vierge received from the French exhibition – it’s lovely’. La Vierge (Rest of the Virgin) was the original name of The Dream of the Virgin. V.P. Trofimov Watercolor c1900 (below) of Grand Duchess Ella’s Study in the Moscow Governor General’s Mansion (note on the right a partial view of the left side of The Dream of the Virgin)
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Last winter an exhibition on the ‘Children’s World of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II’ was held in a small palace on the Kolomenskoye estate. The catalogue is online (see link below photos).