Monday, 27 June 2016
My 20 year search to uncover daily life in the Winter Palace!
The Hermitage, world-renowned – the Winter Palace, sketchy.How I knew in 1996 the location of Nicholas & Alexandra’s rooms on the 2nd floor is now lost in memory. I was oblivious of their namesakes use in the 1840s.
Serendipity when I later discovered my photo of Nicholas I’s small study on the 1st floor was identical to Konstantin Ukhtomsky’s watercolor c1850s.
One photo! How I regret not taking hundreds.
A slow progress with my research. English sources are minimal, replicating the same. The internet – a gradual growth.
The turning point was six years ago when I had access to the extraordinary work of Russian researchers. A tidal wave of primary sources.
Alexander Benois’ diary entry on editing Alexander Uspensky’s articles in the early 1900s prior to the publishing of his books on ‘The Imperial Palaces’: … Especially I had a lot of work on the texts of A. Uspensky, the participation of which I treasured because through him I got access to such an inexhaustible source of documentary information, as the archives of the Ministry of the Court …
A hundred and ten years plus separate us yet our thoughts are alike.