“The youngest daughter of Russian Emperor Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, Alexandra Nikolaevna (nicknamed Adini in the family circle) was just fifteen years old when she posed for Christina Robertson in the summer of 1840 at the imperial summer residence, the Great Peterhof Palace… Contemporaries praised untiringly her unworldly character, her angelic kindness, her meekness and gentleness… Robertson showed her with a bouquet of cornflowers, fully in keeping with the lack of artifice that made her so loved. To her left on the balustrade lie an open album and a pencil. For Alexandra, drawing and particularly music were not merely part of acquiring the accomplishments of a noble young lady; she was a talented singer and took lessons from the renowned singer Henrietta Sontag. But tuberculosis put an end first to her lessons and then to her brief life: she died just a few years after the portrait was completed.”
– from An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum.
@Neoprusiano Emperador Alejandro III de Rusia, Rey de Polonia y Gran Príncipe de Finlandia Импера́тор Александр III России, Царь Польский и Великий Князь Финляндский Imperator Alexander III Russiae, Rex Poloniae et Magnus Princeps Finlandiae Kaiser Alexander III. von Russland, König von Polen und Großfürst von Finnland Emperor Alexander III of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Prince of Finland Empereur Alexandre III de Russie, Roi de Pologne et Grand Prince de Finlande
Ivan Kramskoi (1837-1887)
“Maria Feodorovna” (1880s)
A Danish princess, became Empress of Russia as the spouse to Emperor Alexander III of Russia. Her eldest son became the last Russian monarch, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, whom she outlived by ten years.
On this day in 1891, a Japanese policeman called
attempted to assassinate Tsesarevitch Nicholas of Russia, who went on to become Tsar Nicholas II. Nicholas was in Japan on an official visit on his way to ceremonies in the far east of Russia celebrating the start of construction on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. On May 11th, returning to Kyoto from a trip to
Sanzō - a member of Nicholas’s police escort - attacked the prince with a sword. Nicholas was cut on the forehead, but his life was saved by his cousin, who parried the sword with his cane.
was quickly apprehended. Emperor Meiji, concerned at the prospect of Russian retaliation for the attack, made a personal visit to Nicholas, and well-wishes flooded in from Japanese citizens.
was sentenced to life imprisonment and both the Home Minister and Foreign Minister resigned over the incident. Nicholas became Tsar of Russia in 1894, aged 24, and was on the throne when Russia went to war with Japan in 1904.
He ruled Russia until his abdication on March 2nd 1917, following
the Bolshevik Revolution which removed him from power. The Tsar and his
family were then imprisoned, and eventually executed by a Bolshevik
firing squad in 1918.
“Peter II has not reached the age when a person’s personality has already shaped. While contemporaries praised his natural intelligence and good heart, they only hoped for that good to happen in the future. However, his behavior did not give chances to hope that he would be a good ruler. He hated learning and thinking about national affairs. He was totally engrossed in amusements, and was kept under someone else’s influence.” - Nikolay Kostomarov, a 19th century Russian historian
One of the spreads for my university project on encyclopedias. Puyi, the last emperor of China, his beloved wet nurse Wen-Chao Wang and his numerous strict “mothers’ — wives and concubines of Puyi’s predecessor — The Guangxu Emperor.
@Neoprusiano Emperador Nicolás II de Rusia, Rey de Polonia y Gran Príncipe de Finlandia Импера́тор Николай II России, Царь Польский и Великий Князь Финляндский Imperator Nicolaus II Russiae, Rex Poloniae et Magnus Princeps Finlandiae Kaiser Nikolaus II. von Russland, König von Polen und Großfürst von Finnland Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Prince of Finland Empereur Nicolas II de Russie, Roi de Pologne et Grand Prince de Finlande