Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva

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

Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva (Antiquities of the Russian State) is a series of chromolithographs meant to communicate Russian identity. The images are of medieval monuments of the church and the monarchy intended to communicate power.
Solnt͡sev, F. G. (Fedor Grigorʹevich), 1801-1892 (Artist)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1849 - 1853
Place: Moskva
Publisher: Tip. A. Semena
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: *QDZ+++ (Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva)
Art, Russian
Russia -- Antiquities
Armor -- Russia
Costume -- Russia
Church vestments
Icons, Russian
Cathedrals -- Russia
Funding: NEH Preservation and Access "Art and Architectural Images from Eastern Europe and Eurasia"
Statement of responsibility: Yakovlev, Lukian Pavlovich
Citation/reference: See Visualizing Russia: Fedor Solntsev and crafting a national past
Physical Description
Extent: 12 v. in 6 ; 4vo, f̕.
Text and plates separate
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 2143156
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14148867
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 985c0350-c5f8-012f-a60f-58d385a7bc34
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