tiistai 7. huhtikuuta 2015

Portraits from Russia

Olga of Württemberg

Timofei Andreyevich Neff (1804-1876)
 Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, later Queen Olga of Württemberg

Olga was the second daughter of Nicholas I of Russia and Alexandra Feodorovna, Charlotte of Prussia. She was thus a sister of Alexander II of Russia. She married Charles I of Württemberg, with whom she had no children.
Olga grew up as part of a close family of eight sisters and brothers. She had two elder siblings: Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Grand Duchess Maria of Russia; and five younger siblings: Grand Duchess Alexandra of Russia, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia (died in infancy), Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia and Grand Duke Michael of Russia.

Private swap  from Nikolai, St. Petersburg

Portrait Portrait of Maria Lopukhina, 1797
Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky (1757-1825) was a Russian painter of Ukrainian origin who dominated Russian portraiture at the turn of the 19th century.

Maria Ivanovna Lopukhina (1779–1803), née Countess Tolstaya was the eldest daughter of Count Ivan Andreevich Tolstoy - a major-general in the army - and Anna Fedorovna Maikova. She had three brothers (Fyodor, Peter, Yanuary) and three sisters (Vera, Anna and Ekaterina). The great novelist Leo Tolstoy was Maria's first cousin once removed. Her father's younger brother, Ilya Andreevich Tolstoy, was Leo Tolstoy's grandfather. 
Just six years after the portrait was painted, in 1803, Maria died from tuberculosis

Private swap from Masha, Kiev, Ukraine

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