Antique Photo Tsar Nicholas II Romanov Children Imperial Russia Grand Duchess
Fine original antique snapshot style photo of the Children of Tsar Nicholas II on board their yacht Standart circa 1912, they are photographed with Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova née Taneyeva (1884-1964), and Countess Olga Hendrikoff née Zweguintzoff (1892-1987):
Olga Nikolaevna Romanova (1895-1918) was the eldest daughter.
Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova (1897-1918) was the second child.
Maria Nikolaevna Romanova (1899-1918) was the third and middle child.
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova (1901- 1918) was the fourth and youngest daughter.
Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918), was the fifth and only son
Anna was a Russian lady-in-waiting, the best friend and confidante of Tsaritsa Alexandra. She was born in Oranienbaum as the daughter of Aleksandr Taneyev, Chief Steward to His Majesty's Chancellery and a noted composer. Her mother, Countess Nadezhda Tolstoy, was descended from Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov. Due to these connections, she was attached to the imperial court at an early age. She had two younger siblings: Sergei and Alexandra.Vyrubova became one of Rasputin's adherents.
In Anna's own memoirs, she describes her perils in prison and her narrow escape from execution when, miraculously, she met several old friends of her father on a St. Petersburg street who helped her escape. She endured much hardship avoiding the Bolsheviks, and she was able to escape to Finland only in December 1920. Before leaving the Soviet Union, she became friends with the revolutionary writer Maxim Gorky, who urged her to write her memoirs; she followed his advice.
Olga was born in Voronezh, Russia, to a family of working Russian aristocrats. Her father Nicholas Zweguintzoff was appointed the Russian governor of Riga, Latvia in 1905. She attended the famous Smolny Institute, an elite, progressive school founded by Catherine the Great. It was at the Smolny Institute that Olga became fluent in five languages and developed a love of history, art, music, and literature. In 1914, she married Count Peter Hendrikoff, World War I began, and the Russian revolution followed.
While working for a time for the British in Constantinople, Olga managed to regroup with various family members and subsequently settled with them in Rome. Later, in the mid 1920’s, a move to Paris reunited her with her mother and stepfather. Finding life in France very difficult after World War II the Countess moved to Philadelphia to live with a cousin and his family. Her last twenty years were spent in Calgary with her sister, and her niece’s family. She spent her days corresponding with friends and relatives and writing her Russian memoir. She passed away in 1987 in her adopted country of Canada which so reminded her of her beloved Russia that she had left behind .
The Imperial Yacht Standart was built by order of Emperor Alexander III of Russia, and constructed at the Danish shipyard of Burmeister & Wain, beginning in 1893. She was launched on 21 March 1895 and came into service early September 1896.
Standart was fitted out with ornate fixtures, including mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, and other amenities that made the vessel a suitable floating palace for the Russian Imperial Family. The ship was manned and operated by a crew from the Russian Imperial Navy. During the reign of Nicholas II, Standart was commanded by a naval Captain, although the official commander was a Rear Admiral. Her commander in 1914 was Nikolai Pavlovich Sablin.
In 1907, Standart ran aground on an uncharted rock off the Finnish coast. Although damaged, the ship did not sink and was repaired and soon returned to service. The Russian Imperial Family was vacationing on the Standart during the summer of 1914, when they received the news of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo. With the outbreak of World War I, Standart was placed in drydock.
Size: 11.5 x 9.5 cm approx