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The Alexander Palace / Anatoly Yar-Kravchenko
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:37:40 AM »
Anatoly Yar-Kravchenko was the painter of watercolors of the rooms in the Alexander Palace that are contained in the "At Home with the last Tsar" guidebook.

Does anyone know anything about him?  -- who he was and why he was allowed to paint watercolors of the interior.

The Alexander Palace / Painting Dream of the Mother of God
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:33:31 AM »
Does anyone know anyting about the painting "Dream of the Mother of God" which hung in the Mauve Room?  (Something about the painter or anything about the painting's true meaning or type of imagery used)

Also, does anyone know how Nicholas, Alexandra or their family felt about the paining?

The Imperial Family / Diaries of NAOTMAA
« on: January 19, 2005, 05:55:33 PM »
Does anyone know why Nicholas and Alexandra didn't burn the letters they exchanged with one another during the war?

It seems to me that they should have wanted to burn these first since they probably would have done them the most damage.  For example, the parts where Alexandra discusses Raspitin's advice would have been very damaging.

Also, why did the girls feel pressured to burn their diaries -- it doesn't seem like there would have been much that was politically interesting in them.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

People v. Nicholas II Alexandrovich / Burning of Letters and Diaries
« on: January 19, 2005, 05:55:33 PM »
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Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Re: Interesting Site on Ella
« on: December 18, 2004, 10:08:00 AM »
Here is another site that actually works !!

Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Interesting Site on Ella
« on: November 25, 2004, 09:26:18 AM »
I came across this interesting website on Ella that I thought you would enjoy.  Hopefully the pilgrimage page photos will be fixed soon.

I was watching Manor House on television last night and it got me to thinking about the Alexander Palace servants.

Did the lower level servants, such as parlor maids, scullery maids, cooks, etc., live in the palace or did they tend to have their own homes and would come to work every morning?  Also too, did they have to follow many of the same rules as their British counterparts?

Is the basement in Alexander Palace similar to that of a British country house with its many work rooms?

Since the Alexander Palace doesn't seem to have a third floor, it would seem hard to believe that all of the lower-level servants would have lived in the basement.

Any information will be much appreciated. ;)

If you enjoy reading about Grand Duchess Olga, you also might enjoy reading Gilbert's Royalty Digest because it contains an article about an interview with Grand Duchess Olga.

I see in the next issue, there is going to be a story on Kaiser Wilhelm's pursuit of Grand Duchess Ella.

The Alexander Palace / Re: How Many Pictures
« on: June 21, 2004, 11:45:13 AM »
Are we going to see these other pictures in Bob's book about the Alexander Palace?

The Alexander Palace / How Many Pictures
« on: June 18, 2004, 09:50:21 AM »

How many pictures do you have of the Alexander Palace that are not shown on this website?

Are there lots more or is this pretty much it?

If there are more, what are they of?

Just curious.

The Alexander Palace / Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« on: June 17, 2004, 09:38:24 AM »

Here is the link for the Cincinnati Museum.

I got an email from them saying they are still working on putting the At Home with the Tsar information on the site.

The Alexander Palace / Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« on: June 16, 2004, 09:16:25 AM »
Thanks for the reply.  I can't want to see it. ;)

Also, I got an email from the museum in Cincinnati stating that the tickets will go on sale in August.

The Alexander Palace / Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« on: June 15, 2004, 10:50:54 AM »
Can you tell us more about the exhibition itself.  I heard the exhibition is set up like some of the rooms in the palace.  Is this true?  How did you like Alexandra's dresses?  What object did you find the most interesting?  Was there a large display of the children's toys?  What did you think of Alexei's christening gown?

Since it is in French, if anyone reads it could they please give the rest of us a description of how they liked the book and what it said. :D

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