Saturday, 5 November 2016
Grand Duchess’ Attendants
Although Grand Duchess Olga, the daughter of Alexander III, never slept in the Winter Palace that I am aware of, she was a frequent visitor. Yet there are no photographs of the Grand Duchess; many are waiting to be discovered in the Imperial Family albums in the archives.
There are archival documents on the staff living in Olga’s palace on Sergievskaya Ul. The list of her attendants gives us an idea of the staff required for other Grand Duchesses in the Winter Palace i.e. her sister Xenia who lived the first years of her marriage on the 1st floor of the Winter Palace.
Photograph (below) of Grand Duchess Olga
P.I. Neradovsky’s 1905 Portrait (below) of Olga
The 1901 list of staff at the palace on Sergievskaya Ul:
Mistress of the Robes
Maid of honor
Adjutant M.A.Ambrazantsev Nechayev
Secretary F.F.von Bodungen
II. "Office of the Court"
Manager of the office of the Court A.A.Rodzevich
Stationery Official V.V.Vasilev
Delivery man Garzasimov
III. "Personal service"
Lady’s Maid E.Tenza
Assistant valet Sitnikov
Assistant valet Teglov
The staff had apartments in the Palace: A.A.Rodzevich had an apartment of six rooms, B. Totsky five rooms, F. von Budungen five rooms, M. Ambrazantseva Nechayevartment four rooms.