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Last Romanov Group Portraits
« on: May 06, 2008, 11:54:26 PM »
Please, what is the last formal portrait of the whole family before Nicholas II abdicated?  What is the last picture featuring all the family together?  Thanks.

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008, 08:36:19 AM »
From 1916:

But I am not sure these are last of them before them 1916, because there is video of IF walking downstairs,  in 1916 
 ----probably some shots of pictures were taken in that day.  ;) If I know months of taken pics., I will then tell which were taken before.

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 08:41:39 AM »
As far as I'm aware, the last formal portraits of the entire IF are from the 1913 session. (There are surprisingly few formals of the IF together -- to my knowledge, only the 1904, 1906, and 1913 sessions include full family poses.)


(There are at least a half dozen more variations of this pose.)



The last photograph of the entire family in my collection is this one, from 1916:



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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2008, 08:47:09 AM »
You are absolutely correct, Sarushka, but first one really look like formal....
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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2008, 12:58:45 PM »
The first one does look like a formal, but it's actually just the IF's faces lifted from the 1916 lazaret pose with the background blotted out -- a turn-of-the-century Photoshop trick. ;)
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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008, 12:56:39 AM »
Thanks.  I wondered why that one group picture turned up so often when it was obviously taken a couple of years before they died.  Are there any, formal or otherwise, of all together just before or anytime after the Tzar abdicated?

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 06:44:42 AM »
Not that I can come up with. The closest is this one from Tobolsk, which doesn't include Alexandra:



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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 07:03:45 AM »
Same day:

Strange----never seen pic. of Empress taken at Tobolsk, but these were said taken of Empress, Tobolsk:

But...is Empress in the last one? And was first one taken at Tobolsk's balcony? I think Maria is in that pic. If is she, it might be her last photo. But I think I have read Mr.Gibbes toke last pics. of Maria in April, 1918, before leaving Tobolsk...Probably(my oppinion) Mr. Gibbes's pics. of IF are unpublished.? Help! Sarushka?
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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 03:14:20 AM »
Not that I can come up with. The closest is this one from Tobolsk, which doesn't include Alexandra:

Thanks.  I remembered seeing pictures like that, but couldn't remember if there was one including everybody.

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2008, 08:40:34 AM »
Strange----never seen pic. of Empress taken at Tobolsk, but these were said taken of Empress, Tobolsk:

But...is Empress in the last one? And was first one taken at Tobolsk's balcony? I think Maria is in that pic. If is she, it might be her last photo. But I think I have read Mr.Gibbes toke last pics. of Maria in April, 1918, before leaving Tobolsk...Probably(my oppinion) Mr. Gibbes's pics. of IF are unpublished.? Help! Sarushka?

Yes, I believe those are both the empress in Tobolsk. The one with Olga and Tatiana on the balcony is generally believed to be the last taken of Alexandra.

If Gibbes took photos of Maria in April 1918, I've never seen them.
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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008, 05:11:41 PM »
Sorry.. But.. Was the family picture of the roof of Tobolsk was the last one of Maria ?


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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2008, 05:19:37 PM »
I´ve heard that Gilliard took a picture of Maria shortly before she left with her parents for Ekaterinburg. I´ve never seen it though.

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2008, 05:24:54 PM »
Gilliard definitely snapped a photo of the tarantasses that took NAM away, but I've never seen another photo from that morning either.
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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2008, 08:18:50 PM »
I had read the lady standing in the second photo is in fact Demidova. It is so fuzzy it is hard to say.

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Re: Last Romanov Group Portraits
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2008, 08:49:06 PM »

The last photograph of the entire family in my collection is this one, from 1916:





Sorry, I have to include the photo in the quote for my question to make sense.  The bottom line in the sign - does that say "Alexandra Feodorovna"?  This must be one of her hospitals?