Imperial Russia

Opening the gates of a world, that had faded into oblivion. It now lives only in books and a memory of empty palace halls...

Grand Dukes Nicholas and Mikhail, two youngest sons of Emperor Nicholas I.


Tsarevich Alexei

Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna


Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich 


The Summer Garden Chapel, St. Petersburg (Letny Sad)

The Summer Garden, positioned on an island in St. Petersburg between the Moika and  Fontana Rivers and Lebyazhay Canal, was, and continues to be to this day, a popular and beautiful 11.7 hectare park. On its property is the Summer Palace, which was Peter the Great’s original residence, and is today open to the public as a museum.

It was also the location in which, on 4 March 1866, D.V. Karakozov attempted to assassinated Emperor Alexander III at the gate of Nevskaya Fence. The Emperor survived, and commissioned a stone chapel was built on the place in which narrowly escaped death (this, sadly would come later in 1881). Unfortunately the chapel was destroyed by Bolsheviks in 1930, and never rebuilt.

Above are scenes of the chapel in 1900; the coloured photo-chrome showing police officers at the guard, and below, a picture of the same entrance, today. [x]

That Christmas Dimitri became a regular at Gatchina. Tata [daughter of Natalia], aged eleven, thought him “extraordinarily good looking; very tall, very slender”. She and her two bosom friends, the Schlieffer daughters Tania and Marina, promptly fell in love with him, forming “a secret Dimitri Club”. Tata kept a diary all about him, hiding under her bed and breathlessly recording such red-letter days as occasion when “I was in the same sleigh as Dimitri and Mamma”.

Inevitably the little diary was discovered, read and laughingly revealed to the household. The nest time Dimitri came to the house, a blushing Tata was to hear her mother announce to him, “You know, Dimitri, this child is madly in love with you”. Tata was not, however, to be discouraged: continuing to dream about him, she started a book, in which Dimitri played the hero, called Denis, and Tata disguised herself as the heroine, Nina. Tata, of course, ensured that handsome “Denis” fell madly in love with the adorable “Nina”.

In fact, the young and gallant Dimitri had already fallen madly in love - with her mother.

Michael and Natasha (Rosemary and Donald Crawford)


Portrait of an 18th Century Russian Woman. Unknown Artist.