Al'bom fotografii prepodavatelei i uchenikov Imperatorskoi akademii khudozhestv.]

Collection History

The Library acquired the majority of the albums in this digital presentation during the early 1930s. Many were originally part of Romanov palace libraries nationalized by the Soviet government and sold abroad for hard currency.


Subjects include Russian Orthodox churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastical art; views of cities, as well as small provincial towns; secular architecture; tsarist- and Soviet-era political exiles; and the diverse peoples of the Russian Empire. A number of albums include portraits of the Tsar or the imperial family; state occasions, military maneuvers, and relaxation at the imperial hunting lodge are all depicted. Represented as well are military operations, particularly during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Russian Revolutionary-era photos are extensive, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the February Revolution, to the Stalinist period.

Many of the imperial association albums-that is, those presented as gifts to the royal family-are of superior technical and artistic quality, and in several cases mounted in bindings that are themselves works of art, incorporating silver, wood, and other decorative elements.

Related Resources

Hee-Gwone Yoo."Holdings of rare photographs and plate books at the Slavic and Baltic Division of The New York Public Library." Rosia yongu (Russian Studies), vol. 12, no. 1 (2002): [323]-332.

Collection Data

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1893
Place: St. Peterburg
Publisher: Académie impériale de beaux-arts
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo and *ZQ-1023
Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Imperatorskaia akademîia khudozhestv (Russia)
Content: According to Pierre Apraxine, "an album of 7 albumen prints encased in grey mounts embossed with decoration, and with printed caption: Academie Imperiale des Beaux-Arts - St Petersbourg, 1893. Photographie Internationale de Jongh Freres. Rue de Longchamps, 15 Nevilly - Paris (in French). The album was bound by the N.Y.P.L... A red stamp on the inside of back cover: Mar 8 - 1934. Group portraits of students and teachers at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. End of the year type of group portraits: the students (pl. 1-4) sitting and standing up to 6 rows. The professors (pl. 5-7) in smaller group and closer, up to 3 rows. Plate 1 and 2 show only men among students. Plate 3 and 4 show some women (7 out of a total of 55, and 7 out of 62). There are no women among the teachers. The photographs have no aesthetic interest, only an iconographic one, or as a document on the Academy. Mounts and prints in good condition, but surface abrasions on pl. 4. The mounts are getting loose from the binding."
Physical Description
Extent: 7 mounted photographs ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614115
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 016662d0-c61e-012f-8cf4-58d385a7bc34
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