The Bedroom of Czarina Maria Alexandrovna, Gatchina Palace, St. Petersburg

Alexander Benois1920s

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

This bedroom is decorated in typical Victorian style, with floral-patterned walls, upholstery and bed drapery. The highly polished Rococo Revival furniture, carpet in a floral design covering the floor, blue and gold Venetian glass central chandelier and portrait in a gilded frame hung over the sofa complete the decorative scheme.


  • Title: The Bedroom of Czarina Maria Alexandrovna, Gatchina Palace, St. Petersburg
  • Creator: Alexander Benois
  • Date Created: 1920s
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite, red chalk on white wove paper
  • Signed: At lower right, in pen and black ink: Alexander/ Benois
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Bury Street Gallery, London - Jane, Lady Abdy; as yet unidentified sale (see Thaw artist file); Princess Naryshkin, daughter of Count Sergei Iulevitch Witte (according to aforementioned sale catalogue).
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: Lower right, in graphite: chambre/ de/ l'Imperatrice Marie/ Alexandrovna à/ Gatchina
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY,Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.Oneonta, New York, Hartwick College. 18th and 19th Century Watercolors of European Domestic Interiors, 1987, No. 28.New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw, Part II, 1985, No. 76 [Illus.].Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts. Exposition d'art russe ancien & moderne, 1928, no. 42.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 31.5 x 42.5 cm (12 3/8 x 16 3/4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 68, fig. 58; 139, pl. 76.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 98-99 [Illus.].Emmanuel Ducamp (ed.) Imperial Palaces in the Vicinity of St. Petersburg: Gatchina, Nikolai Sergeievich Tretyakov and Adelaida Sergeievna Iolkina (Alain de Goucuff Editieur, Paris, 1992), 120.

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