Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900
Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900
Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900
Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900
Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900

Countess Torby Wife of Grand Duke Michael Romanov of Russia - Photographs Cannes & Calling Card 1900

Product code: 5709
£195.00

Rare set of three snap shot style photos dated Cannes January 1900 mounted onto an album page of Countess Sophie von Merenberg, Countess de Torby (1868-1927), at the Geisha Cottage in the grounds of the Cannes Golf Club. The album page is accompanied by Countess Torby's printed calling card.
Photos from top left to right: Countess Torby walking away from the Geisha Cottage with Mrs Ronald Greville, directly underneath this shows Miss Green (daughter of Captain Philip Green), the Vicomte de Saint Seine, and Miss Merrier, whilst the final photo shows Countess Torby with Mrs Greville at the well near the cottage.

Sophie de Torby was the eldest daughter of Prince Nicholas William of Nassau and Natalia Alexandrovna Pushkina. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, the first born of Prince Nicholas and Natalia Pushkina. Since the marriage of the parents was considered morganatic, it was considered inappropriate for her to have her father's title and rank. Her paternal grandparents were William, Duke of Nassau, and Pauline Princess of W├╝rttemberg, while the maternal ones were the famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin and Natalia Nikolaevna Goncharova. She was given the title of Countess von Merenberg.
She married morganatically, on 10th March 1891, Grand Duke Michael, grandson of Nicholas I of Russia at Sanremo, Italy. Sophia was later created Countess de Torby by her uncle, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and the title was extended to all three of her children. For contracting this marriage without permission, Emperor Alexander III of Russia, stripped Michael of his military titles and banished the couple from Russia.
For some years they lived in Wiesbaden, Nassau and in Cannes. They later settled permanently in England, leasing Keele Hall in Staffordshire and later Kenwood House on the outskirts of London.
He lost his fortune with the fall of the Russian monarchy in 1918. Three of his brothers were killed by the Bolsheviks, but he escaped the Russian Revolution because he was living abroad. He spent his last years living under reduced circumstances with the financial help of his son-in-law Sir Harold Wernher.
They had two daughters and one son:
Countess Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby (1892-1977); married, in 1917, Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Baronet.
Countess Nadejda Mikhailovna de Torby (1896-1963); married, in 1916, Prince George of Battenberg (later 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven).
Count Michael Mikhailovich of Torby (1898-1959).
From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, English/American aristocrats who had the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1890s and were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family tradition once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.
Largest Photo Size: 10.5 x 8 cm approx
Album Page Size: 23 x 18 cm approx
Product Code 5709