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AAAARHG!!!

Could anybody give this girl a piece of their minds?

http://afenali.deviantart.com/

she´s stealing my pictures and retouches them - from the Olga 1914 one she didn t even bother to take of my watermerk!!!


She didn't even bother to remove your watermark?  Wow, that's just sad.  She had already taken the Olga pic down by the time I went on deviantart today, but I did see the one of Maria and Anastasia.  I'm JelloHorse on deviantart, by the way, and as you know, one of your biggest fans.  I'm really sorry that happened to you... 

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:05:17 PM »
Hopefully this will work (I've never attempted to post an image before).  Does anyone know if the young woman standing behind Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna is Alexandra?  It could be Maria, but I can't always tell them apart.  Svetabel, maybe you would know?


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Does anyone have pictures of Alexander II's eldest daughter, Alexandra Alexandrovna?  Do they even exist?  I've only seen one small portrait of her (she's holding her baby brother, Nicholas Alexandrovich).  She died at age six or seven, so maybe this is the only one?

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:45:09 PM »
I've never seen that one before; it's beautiful! :)

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The Imperial Family / Re: Portraits, paintings,illustrations of NAOTMAA
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:56:44 AM »
Empress with her youngest daughter



I'd say that's a photo not a portrait. Our topic is about Portraits.


I'm not sure, but I think it actually is a portrait based on a photo. 

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: July 16, 2009, 10:01:52 PM »
I'm very interested and fascinated about Alexandra Nikolaevna. Does anyone have more information about her personality and her relationship with her family and her husband? Thanks!

From what I've read, Alexandra was a sweet, mischievous child who grew into a radiant, lively, and kindhearded young woman who got along with just about everyone.  She was popular at court for both her beauty and her personality, and she was well-known for her talent as a singer--she was good enough to be taught by a famous soprano whose name I cannot recall.  She also founded either a hospital or a nurses' corps.  She was supposed to have been a favorite of her brother Constantine (whose wife Alexandra Iosifovna bore such a strong resemblance to Adini that Empress Alexandra Feodorovna cried upon meeting her).  Her brother Alexander II named his first daughter Alexandra in memory of his sister, and she died of infant meningitis at the age of seven.  Of course, Adini herself was the namesake of her father's sister, Alexandra Pavlovna, who also died young following complications in childbirth.  Olga of Wurttemberg believed that Nicholas I favored Adini (an earlier post said that he did not consider her to be especially pretty, but I have always heard the opposite, that he believed her the only one of his children to have inherited her mother's Prussian appearance).  and was truly devastated by her death--he commisioned a statue of her holding her baby son, but it was destroyed during the Nazi occupation.  At present, there is a replica bust based on the original statue and a memorial bench in her honor.

Landgrave Friedrich Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel, known as Fritz, came to St. Petersburg as a potential husband for Nicholas I's second daughter Olga, , but evidently, he and Adini fell in love at first sight.  They had did not have much time together, as she contracted TB shortly before their wedding, but they seem to have been very close.  Adini was overjoyed with the prospect of motherhood, but she was so physically taxed by both the pregnancy and her illness that she was too sick to return to Hesse with her new husband.  She was essentially confined to bed for the duration of her pregnancy, and it saddened her that she was unable to pick flowers and go for walks with Fritz, as they had done during their engagement.  Her son, Wilhelm, was three months premature, and he only lived for about four hours.  Olga described him as Adini's "final joy," as she died later that same day.  Fritz was heartbroken, and some people believe that he never recovered.  He remarried around ten years later, to Adini's cousin, Princess Anna of Prussia, and they had several children together, but he was always rather distant toward her, presumably because he was unable to get over the loss of his much-loved first wife.

I hope that helps you a little...  



        

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: July 15, 2009, 07:28:36 PM »
Violetta, have you actually read the memoirs of Olga of Wurttemberg?  It sounds like you know a great deal on the subject, and I would love to read whatever is available on the subject of Alexandra Nikolaevna. 

Yes, LittleLulu, I have read memories of Olga of Wurttemberg. One of the forum members asked me about her memories in English. I tried to trace down her memories in English but I couldn`t find any. below you have the webaddress of her memories in Russian.Do you read Russian?

http://www.dugward.ru/library/olga_nick.html


Thank you very much, Violetta!  Sadly, my Russian is subpar, but with a little effort, I am able to translate.

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: July 15, 2009, 01:13:26 PM »
Violetta, have you actually read the memoirs of Olga of Wurttemberg?  It sounds like you know a great deal on the subject, and I would love to read whatever is available on the subject of Alexandra Nikolaevna. 

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Having Fun! / Re: Monogram thread...
« on: June 28, 2009, 07:00:40 PM »
It's in the Imperial Family section.  There isn't very much information posted, but I have OTMA's monograms; if you'd like, I'll send them to you.

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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: Daughters of Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg
« on: February 24, 2009, 10:36:47 PM »
Does anyone have pictures of Princess Sophie they'd be willing to share?  I can't seem to find very many...

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: February 20, 2009, 10:38:58 PM »
Yes, that's the one!  Thank you very much!  :)

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: February 17, 2009, 11:13:06 PM »
Hi,
There is a beautiful portrait of Alexandra Nikolaevna in an album on webshots (she is wearing a blue and white dress); you're only allowed to save it from webshots if you're friends with the person who posted it,  and I can't find it anywhere else.  If anyone here knows what I'm talking about and is fortunate enough to have this picture in their collection, please post it.  I would be very grateful.

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