Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Nicholas l Breaks Collarbone on the Winter Palace Stairs
On the night of November 9th 1829 Nicholas rushed from his study on the 3rd floor of the Winter Palace when he heard a noise of breaking vases. He slipped on the floor and fell, hitting his head. He lay a long time unnoticed on the cold floor and was seriously ill for the next two weeks.
On August 26th 1836 at 8:00 pm, a medical bulletin was issued stating that Nicholas’ closed carriage had overturned after leaving the city of Penza in the early morning. He had fallen on his left shoulder and broke his collarbone.
In a letter to his friend Ivan Paskevich on August 30th, Nicholas wrote “… You have already learned the reason I am unable to complete my trip to you [Poland]. Assuming you worry about my situation, I hasten to assure you that my collarbone fracture does not produce any pain but am tormented by the tight bandaging and am starting to get used to it …”
On October 9th 1848 Nicholas slipped and fell on the ‘hard-waxed’ staircase in the Winter Palace while climbing to his 3rd floor study. He again broke his left collarbone and said the bruising and pain was much more sensitive at this time.
Photographs (below) of the Saltykov staircase (the last photo is the upper landing to 3rd floor corridor to Nicholas study)
Photographs (below) of the Hermitage’s magnificent restoration of Nicholas’ study