Antique Imperial Russian Royal Cabinet Photo Levitsky Tsar Alexander II Romanov

£395.00
Fine antique imperial Russian Cabinet Photo of Tsar Alexander II of Russia (1818-1881), by Levitsky of St Petersburg.

Count Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (1819 - 1898), is considered one of the patriarchs of Russian photography and one of Europe's most important early photographic pioneers, inventors and innovators. Of noble birth, he was a cousin of Aleksandr Ivanovich Herzen, the writer, husband to Anna Antonovna and father to Rafail Sergeevich Levitsky (1847-1940), a Peredvizhniki artist who was court photographer to Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia.

Considered the best of Russia's portrait photographers, the Levitsky studio photographed four generations of the Romanov dynasty. In 1877, it was awarded the title Photographer of their Royal Majesty.

He wrote memoirs in two volumes entitled, Reminiscences of an Old Photographer (1892) and How I Became a Photographer (1896). He is buried in St. Petersburg's Smolenskoye Cemetery.

Upon his father's death in 1898, Rafail Levitsky continued the operation and tradition of the Levitsky portrait studio taking the now famous photos of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra and their children Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia.

The Levitsky Studio was located in Moika River Embankment, 30 (1860s), Nevsky Prospect, 28 (1890s), and Kazanskaya Street, 3 (1898, the house is not preserved).

The Levitsky St. Petersburg Studio remained in operation until it was closed by the Soviets in 1918.

Size: 16.5 x 11 cm approx