Hello Joanna and Greg,
Just to add to that already said by Greg, the Imperial family spent in the Farm Palace the summers of 1896, 1897. Olga was born in the Alexander Palace, as far as i can remember; Tatiana in the Farm Palace and Maria, Anastasia and Alexey in the Lower Palace.
Last summer they were working in the Farm Palace so i suppose it will be soon restored...
The best book to see this palaceīs interiors is: " Imperial Palaces in the vicinity of Saint Patersburg" by Alain de Gourcuff editeur. The "book" is indeed a boxed edition with four volumes full of marvellous watercolors from the 19th siecle depicting the palace interiors.
The four books are:
Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Gatchina and Tsarskoe Selo.
There are many watercolors of the Farm Palace.
I think this book is a must have for any of us. The only problem with this editorīs books is the price...they are luxury editions with luxury prices... around 300 $!!!
i ordered this set, sight unseen, primarily for the Gatchina volume.
i was extremely impressed w/ the set as a whole. the watercolors were beautiful -- however, i thought it was amazing
that there were no plans for any of the buildings. i know it's a collection of watercolors
[/b], but it would have nice to know "where i was"
when i was i was looking at something. i mean really, for the ungodly amount of money it cost, they should have put a little more into it.
as much as i love them, books like these are nothing but a luxury for me (i'm a grossly underpaid social-worker -- not making very much more than the people i work with!), and, from that perspective, i'd have to say THE WINTER PALACE, SAINT PETERSBURG (an enormous volume by the same publisher, and at HALF the cost) is much more satisfying --- for me, anyway. indeed. while i can't recall what the deciding factor was, i decided not to buy the IMPERIAL PALACES IN THE VICINITY... luckily, i had asked to look at it before i paid for it. i'm SO glad i did.
don't get me wrong, all 4 volumes are very beautiful -- i think i had expected the set, as a whole, to be bigger (if i recall correctly, they're actually rather petit
, aren't they?) i guess what i'm voicing are my doubts that it's worth $300. but those things are always subjective, aren't they? i should also say that i strongly suspect that if there had been plans
, i would very probably have bought the set. i guess it's just a matter of "does it contain," for you, "anything that's worth the price you must pay?"