19th Century watercolour painting of Empress Alexandra of Russia

GBP 9,500.00

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The Dutch artist Pierre Tetar van Elven (1828-1908), the court painter of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1828-1878) is responsible for this stunning watercolour painting. The image portrays the Russian Queen (otherwise known as the Empress or Tsarina) Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), famous for being Russia’s last Empress before the Revolution of 1917. She was the wife of Tsar Nicholas II, and this painting depicts the Empress together with her entourage during a visit to the French city of Nice in the winter of 1855. The figures are shown in front of a chateau, with a steep hillside shown behind.

The watercolour is set inside a rectangular giltwood frame, and it is signed ‘P.T. v. Elven’ to the lower left. The reverse of the painting contains an inscription in French, which reads, ‘Alexandrine Feodorowna Imp√©ratrice de Russie et sa suite pendant l’hiver de 1855 a Nice. Pierre Tetar van Elven Nizza’ (‘Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia and her followers during the winter of 1855 in Nice. Pierre Tetar van Elven Nizza’).

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