Hi Johanna and others,
The photo on the MSN site is of the WEST side, not the east. Seaside is on the left, where the tower is. I’m not sure to which Anna V. album you are refering to, but I have seen some photos wrongly identified as taken at Alexandria: This is the case in “Anastasia’s Album” which M. Breheney mentioned here. Those beach front photos were not taken in Peterhof but on the Black Sea Coast in Eupatoria dring the trip the I.F. made to Crimea in May 1916 with Anna V. (not in 1915 as this book says)...
If you want some fabulous never before published colour drawings (by architect Tomishko)
and black and white photos of the Alexandria Palace, try to find the companion book to the exhibition held in Peterhof about the I.F. The English edition, printed in 1998 under the title of “Nicholas II, the Imperial Family” (it can sometimes be found on a site we can’t mention here…
). Lanie and David have already told this nice book. There are some detailed information about the Palace, 8 B&W photos of the interior taken in the 1920-30s (most of which I had never seen before
), and a colour photo of the lovely upholstery fabric from the Drawing Room of the Empress (pink and red roses)
Lanie has offered to scan the photos. I will try to post more information about the Alexandria Palace from this book an other sources soon!.