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Discussions about Other Imperial Palaces => Palaces in Moscow => Topic started by: Greg_King on July 04, 2010, 07:17:18 AM

Title: Hunt Club
Post by: Greg_King on July 04, 2010, 07:17:18 AM
Janet Ashton and I are currently writing a comprehensive look at Nicholas II's coronation, drawing on a variety of rare sources. But one odd point that I can't seem to pin down: the Marquis de Montebello apparently rented the Hunt Club in Moscow for the month of May, which is where he held the infamous French Ball on May 18. I have also seen this building referred to, in several memoirs of those present during the coronation ceremonies, as a former Sheremetiev palace-but have been unable to confirm this. Does anyone have any idea what this building might actually have been, or where it was located? Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Hunt Club
Post by: Tatyana on July 04, 2010, 07:38:25 PM
You might write a note to Phillipe de Montebello, recently retired Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He has the Ambassador's (unpublished) memoirs, letters, etc. I've had a few chats with him about his ancestor's role, and he seems to enjoy discussing his family history.

TATYANA
Title: Re: Hunt Club
Post by: Greg_King on July 04, 2010, 09:13:47 PM
Thanks for the information Tatyana! I'll try to track down some contact information.
Title: Re: Hunt Club
Post by: Tatyana on July 06, 2010, 09:00:53 PM
I'm certain you could contact him c/o The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10028, or if you email me privately to tolyphant@aol.com, I can give you a home address.
Regards,
Tatyana Olyphant
Title: Re: Hunt Club
Post by: Tatyana on July 06, 2010, 10:16:22 PM
According to a NYTimes article on 16 May 1896, the French Ambassador's ball was to be held on 30 May at the French Embassy:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E03E1D6123EE333A25755C1A9639C94679ED7CF&scp=137&sq=de+montebello&st=p

but no doubt you've seen this!

TATYANA
Title: Re: Hunt Club
Post by: Greg_King on July 07, 2010, 06:28:55 AM
Thanks Tatyana-I've written to you privately as you suggest