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Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Jim Hercules
« on: August 12, 2004, 11:46:33 AM »
Hi Robert

there is not a lot of books which have been written on these slaves, but you can find a few books on the most interesting of them: Abraham Annibal (Peter Petrovitch)

I know one, in French alas, but maybe you can find a translation in English:


Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Jim Hercules
« on: August 12, 2004, 08:18:35 AM »
Hi Pushkina
I will tell you what I know about this..

From "Memories of the Russian Court" by Anna Viroubova :

"Every day the Empress came to inspect the work, often sitting down at a table and sewing diligently with the others. This was shortly before the birth of the Tsarevich and I have a clear picture in my mind of the Empress looking more than ever fine and delicate, her tall figure clad in a loose robe of dark velvet trimmed in fur. Behind her chair, bringing into splendid relief her bright gold hair, stood a huge negro servant, gorgeous in scarlet trousers, gold-embroidered jacket, and white turban. This negro, Jim, was one of four Abyssinians who stood guard before the doors of the private apartments. They were not soldiers and they had no functions except to open and close the doors, and to signify by a sudden, noiseless entrance into a state apartment that one of their Majesties was about to appear. The Abyssinians were in fact simply one of the left-overs from the days of Catherine the Great, in whose times dwarfs and negroes and other exotics figured as a part of Court ceremonials. They remained not because Nicholas II or the Empress wanted them, but because, as I shall later explain, it was practically impossible to change any detail of Russian Court life."..

In the book "Winter palace" I have read that the Ethipion servants were essentially affected to the "Arab Dining room "which was located in the North West of the palace, and which linked the formal rooms to the private rooms..: "The Arab dining room owed its name to the Ethipian servants who customarily stood guard at the doors while receptions where taking place"

It is not a very intersting life to open and close the doors, days after days...

I think these men were not well-treated..essentially because they seemed different.

The only tsar which took care of these unfortunates men was Peter the Great who, as everyone know it, anoblished and treated the Al.Pushkin's grandfather (Peter Petrovitch became later Ibrahim Hanibal) as his own child..

Hi  ;)

I received two days ago a book I have purchased on Aebooks:  "the winter palace" (but during the reign of Nicholas I)... Wahouwww, the interiors of the palace, made by Bryullov and Stakenschneider were very very luxuous and splendid.. I had never seen so beautiful rooms.. It's so sad to see the Winter palace nowadays  :-/.. For the private rooms, there is nothing that remains the times of the tsars..

By reading this book, something surprised me.. can someone know what were exactly the drawing rooms's uses? I have noticed that Alexandra Feodorovna (the Nicholas I's wife) had 4 (or even 5) drawings rooms  ?  Were they used for receptions, or dinners or family meetings? Next to these drawings rooms, a lot of "cabinets" and boudoirs..It seems to me that nobody needs so much rooms to receive a friend or a guest.. I was wondering if each room had a particular use..What do you think about that?

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: H.I.H Tatiana Photos'
« on: August 08, 2004, 01:59:11 PM »
Hi  ;)

here is a link which talks about tatiana:

Marie Feodorovna / Re: Marie Feodorovna--WWI and the Crimea
« on: August 05, 2004, 04:10:49 PM »
 ??? I can't imagine the empress dowager living so far from the capital... she loved too much the balls, the celebrates and the ostentation of Saint petersburg and she was so closed to her childrens and grand daughters.. I suppose she didn't stay a long time in this Mariinsky palace (which is a wonderful place)  :)

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Alexandria Cottage, at Peterhof
« on: July 31, 2004, 03:32:38 AM »
Hi,  ;)

Here is a link to see pictures of the Cottage:

The Imperial Family / Re: Olga and Tatiana at Court Events
« on: July 30, 2004, 04:27:18 PM »
Hi :)

It seems that the Grand duchesses wore the Court dresses for all the great events which took place in the Great palaces (Catherine's palace, Winter palace, AP).. and not for the little events (easter in AP for example or balls in Livadia or peterhof...) in that case, they only wore simple dresses...I have noticed that they were very often white-dressed...Perhaps because their mother loved this colour..

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia websites
« on: July 29, 2004, 06:29:01 AM »
Thank you for this link...I love these pictures  ;D , a simple and beautiful house, very far from the luxury of the palaces of Saint petersburg...

has someone got floor plans of this palace?

Heeayyyyyyyyyy! I have just found it   :D

I searched with the author's name (Ivan Sautov) and the title "Tsarskoe selo: watercolors, paintings and engravings from the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries" appeared... just waiting

I have bought it for 38 $, a little more expensive than yours, Johanna, because I live in Europe..

I hope now it will arrive without inconvenient

Thank you so much again for your help, Johanna..  ;)


Hi johanna  :D

thank you very much for your reply.. I have try to find the books on the links you gave me.. but it seems that they are not available in the moment...I will try again in a few days to check if the book can be bought... In waiting, a lot of frustration lol...

Do you know others books which talk about the AP? It's difficult to find informations on it unless on this wonderful website.. but I am looking for watercolors or colored photos of the interiors rooms of the AP and I don't find them anywhere..

Thank you again Johanna


Hello Johanna  ::)

Can you tell me where you have found this book? I would like to buy it, but it's too expensive for me now.. You said you bought it for only 35 $.. what a luck!! I can only find a price between 200 and 250 $  :'( is the book talking about the Alexander palace? Can we see all the formal and family rooms in the time of Alexander III and Nicholas II?

Having Fun! / Re: what romanov would u have liked to have known?
« on: June 26, 2004, 02:18:58 PM »
Hi, I am new on the forum, I am interested by the story of the Romanov Family
I would like to know more about Maria

As all the third childs, she doesn't seem to be considered in the family.. I am not saying she wasn't loved by her family but I have the impression she had not the same formal situation than the others.. probably because she was between the eldest and the youngers...

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