29.5 x 42.2 x 5.7cm (11 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 2 1/4in.) each
Gift of Prince and Princess Alexander Romanoff, 1996
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Twelve pages annotated by Maria Feoderovna in ink in French
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag," June 6, 2006–September 4, 2006.