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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #210 on: April 07, 2012, 07:48:33 PM »
Princess Catherine drawn in 1862 by Tsar Alexander II.  The image is risque to say the least so don't click on it if nudity offends.

http://i42.tinypic.com/34xgq6h.jpg



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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #211 on: April 08, 2012, 02:21:16 AM »
Princess Catherine drawn in 1862 by Tsar Alexander II.  The image is risque to say the least so don't click on it if nudity offends.

http://i42.tinypic.com/34xgq6h.jpg




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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #212 on: April 08, 2012, 06:52:21 AM »
Princess Catherine drawn in 1862 by Tsar Alexander II.  The image is risque to say the least so don't click on it if nudity offends.

http://i42.tinypic.com/34xgq6h.jpg




In 1862 he couldn't draw her )). Their affair began later.

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #213 on: April 08, 2012, 04:16:33 PM »
Princess Catherine drawn in 1862 by Tsar Alexander II.  The image is risque to say the least so don't click on it if nudity offends.

http://i42.tinypic.com/34xgq6h.jpg




In 1862 he couldn't draw her )). Their affair began later.

Typo, sorry. I just re-checked this and the date should have been 1869 on the  image.


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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #214 on: April 16, 2012, 12:56:58 PM »
Modern painting based of a photo of Pss Dolgoroukaya

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #215 on: September 24, 2012, 12:15:46 PM »

Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya's children, around 1884

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #216 on: September 27, 2012, 04:57:50 PM »
another photo of Ekaterina for the collection





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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #217 on: June 25, 2014, 01:37:20 PM »
Princess Catherine drawn in 1862 by Tsar Alexander II.  The image is risque to say the least so don't click on it if nudity offends.

http://i42.tinypic.com/34xgq6h.jpg




Kathy, the link is not working any more. Do you think you could post the image again?

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #218 on: June 26, 2014, 03:19:54 PM »
Perhaps my most favourite photo of Ekaterina


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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #219 on: July 15, 2014, 02:36:59 PM »
I was reading Ian Vorres biography on Olga Aexandrovna and she mentions Ekaterina having a house not far from hers and that she would privately visit her. She pretty much said Ekaterina lived in the past, talked of nothing but Alexander II and that her house was filled with relics of the past.

I thought after the assassination she moved to France and didn't know she had a residence in St. Petersburg. I found that pretty strange since I imagine it would have been pretty awkward. Are there any photos of Ekaterina post 1881 and in old age?

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #220 on: July 15, 2014, 05:10:10 PM »
Im pretty sure this has been posted before here...somewhere.


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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #221 on: July 15, 2014, 06:40:01 PM »
I've never seen that photo before, thanks Carolath!

She looks very stern. I've never considered her a great beauty or anything although there are a few photos of her that do make her look pretty. To be honest and a little shallow I think it was her nose, its what stands out in many of her pictures. Photographing almost at a profile most of the time didn't help her  :-[

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #222 on: October 05, 2014, 03:11:40 PM »


Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya

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« Reply #223 on: January 02, 2015, 11:20:09 AM »
Catherine with children Olga and George 1880

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #224 on: September 17, 2017, 01:18:06 AM »
Sensational rediscovery of a Russian imperial portrait
http://auktionsverket.com/news/sensational-rediscovery-russian-imperial-portrait/

Stockholms Auktionsverk has been commissioned to sell Konstantin Makovsky's magnificent portrait of Her Serene Highness Princess Yuryevskaya - the second, morganatic wife of Russian Emperor Alexander II.

The portrait depicts Catherine Dolgorukova (1847-1922), from 1880 her Imperial Highness Princess Yuryevskaya, the second, morganatic, wife of  Russian Emperor Alexander II. Their marriage did not last long, just one year because of the tragic premature death of the emperor. The first acquaintance with Catherine, when she was still a young girl, took place in 1859, when Alexander II stayed with Prince Dolgorukov on the estate of Teplovka near Poltava, during military exercises organized on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. Soon afterwards Catherine's father was financially ruined, and the emperor took the children into his care: four brothers and two sisters. The girls were sent to the Smolny Institute. On Palm Sunday in 1865, Alexander II, when visiting the Smolny Institute, was presented to the seventeen-year-old Ekaterina Dolgorukova, whom he remembered. He immediately fell under the charm of the young girl. They began to meet secretly, and soon Catherine became the Emperor's favorite. At that time, the Empress Maria Alexandrovna was already sick with consumption and bed-ridden. The liaison between the emperor and Catherine Dolgorukova caused great displeasure to many of the Romanov family and, above all, to the Tsarevich, the future emperor Alexander III. But their attachment of was  strong, sincere, mutual and stood the test of time. Even before their marriage, Ekaterina gave birth to four children to the Emperor: George (1872-1913), Olga (1873-1925), Boris (1876, died in infancy), and Catherine (1878-1959). After the death of Empress Maria Alexandrovna on May 22, 1880, and before the expiration of the period of mourning, on July 6, 1880, in the military chapel of the Tsarskoye Selo palace, the marriage of Alexander II and Catherine Dolgorukova took place, and in December she was granted the title of Princess Yuryevskaya, which was related to one of the family names of the boyar Romanovs. The children, legitimised retrospectively, also received the surname Yurievsky.

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky - the last great Russian painter of Russia, "the artistic ceremony master," as he was called by contemporaries, painted many portraits of the emperor and of his family members. It was not for nothing that Alexander II called him "my artist". Konstantin Makovsky had the opportunity to personally communicate with the emperor, who repeatedly posed for him. Sergei Makovsky writes about this in great detail; one of the chapters of the memoirs "Father and My Childhood" is called "Portraits of Alexander II".

As Sergei Makovsky recalled, at the beginning of summer of 1880, the young Imperial couple retired to the Livadia Palace in the Crimea. Work immediately began on three portraits: that of the emperor, of his young wife, and of their children: George, Olga and Catherine. The atmosphere in which these works were created was the warmest. Sergei Makovsky recalls: "In the Livadia atmosphere, he (the emperor E.N.) impressed everyone by his simplicity and cordiality. As the portraits of his wife, son and daughters were being painted, he attended all the sessions, gave cautious advice, joked, affectionately scolded the naughty Gogu, and as a parting gift gave his father (K.E. Makovsky-E.N) candy and flowers to his "beautiful wife" (Yu.P. Makovsky-EN) ".

Begun in Livadia, the portraits were finished in Petersburg. As Sergei Makovsky reported: "The sessions were interrupted by the Tsar's departure with his family to St. Petersburg, and the portraits were finished later. My father succeeded at once with the faces and heads of the Emperor and Princess Yuryevskaya; the bodies were added later, posed by models. Moreover, in St. Petersburg, before his death, the sovereign repeatedly posed for his father, and the children were also brought to my father's studio later, when the effects of the (assassination) of March 1 had quietened down " The location of the original portrait of Alexander II (with his dog, Milord,  sitting at his feet) is unknown, but several copies were made by the artist and one of these is kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery. "Portrait of the Children of the Her Imperial Highness Princess Yu." Was published in 1915 in the journal "Niva" (No. 42, p. 770); now it is in a private collection. But the portrait of the princess Yuryevskaya disappeared from the view of specialists for a long time.

To establish the identity of the model presented here  we were helpednot not only by the lady's resemblance to the famous photographs of the Princess, who was blue-eyed and dark-haired, had thin lips, a rounded chin and a characteristic nose shape, but other arguments alos. First of all, the date on the image - 1880, as we recall from the memoirs of the painter's son, was precisely when the work on the entire series was carried out. Sergei Makovsky mentions the blue hood of Princess Yuryevskaya, in which she posed for the artist, which coincides with the color of the clothes depicted. It is also significant that the dimensions of this portrait (190x107 cm) are close to the size of the portrait of children (191x111 cm). The  accessories in the two portraits also form a single ensemble; the basket with flowers in the lower left corner at the feet of children finds a response in a vase with flowers on the right above the head of the Princess.

The portrait of Princess Yuryevskaya was shown at the XX11 exhibition of the St. Petersburg Society of Artists in 1913, as indicated in the exhibition catalog, after which all traces of it were lost for a long time; now we can again appreciate this exceptional work by the outstanding artist.

The painting is to be sold at Stockholms Auktionsverk
Fine Art & Antiques Auction in Stockholm, Sweden, 13 December 2017.