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[Personal Travel Albums Made by the Dowager Empress Maria Feoderovna Showing Events in the Daily Life of the Russian Imperial Family]

Dowager Empress Maria Feoderovna (Russian, born Denmark, 1857–1928)

Date:
1916
Medium:
Gelatin silver print; photomechanical reproduction
Dimensions:
29.5 x 42.2 x 5.7cm (11 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 2 1/4in.) each
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
Gift of Prince and Princess Alexander Romanoff, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.438a
  • Description

    This is one of two unique albums, bound in antelope leather, assembled by the dowager empress Maria Feodorovna, mother of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. The dowager empress took up photography with her sister, Queen Alexandra of England, in the late 1880s, just after the invention of the hand-held Kodak camera. The albums contain views of the imperial palaces at Kiev and in the Crimea, country excursions to vast estates near Kiev owned by members of the court, formal gatherings, and military reviews, as well as more intimate glimpses of the private lives of the imperial family and their circle in the year before the Russian Revolution.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Twelve pages annotated by Maria Feoderovna in ink in French

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