Fotografichesk¯ie snimki biustov Imperatorov Nikolaia I i Aleksandra II.

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.

Background

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: 188-?
Place: [Russia?]
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Fotograficheskie snimki biustov Imperatorov Nikolaia I i Aleksandra II)
Topics
Sculpture -- Russia
Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881
Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia, 1796-1855
Notes
Content: Contemporary morocco portfolio by P.O. IAblonskii of Saint Petersburg.
Content: Photographs of busts of Russian emperors sculptured by N. Laveretskii.
Content: Probably from one of the imperial collections in a typically Russian blind-stamped binding of the 1880s.
Ownership: Two mounted incomplete albums, which have the same title as this album, from "Fekula Collection" is held at the Slavic & Baltic Division of the NYPL.
Physical Description
Extent: [5] mounted photographs : ill. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17045495
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5edc1a70-c619-012f-fa89-58d385a7bc34
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