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The Study of Czar Alexander II Nikolaivitch, Gatchina Palace, St. Petersburg

Alexander Benois1920s

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This view of the Czar's sitting room, impressionistically rendered, shows suites of highly polished mahogany furniture in the rococo revival style. The green color of the closely buttoned upholstery matches the walls while white curtains furnished with a pelmet informally dress the windows. The walls are hung with pictures of battle scenes and studies of military uniforms.

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  • Title: The Study of Czar Alexander II Nikolaivitch, Gatchina Palace, St. Petersburg
  • Creator: Alexander Benois
  • Date Created: 1920s
  • Signed: At lower left center, in pen and black ink: Alexander/ Benois
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Bury Street Gallery, London; unidentified sale (see Thaw artist file); Princess Naryshkin, daughter of Count Sergei Iulevitch Witte (according to sale catalogue).
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: At lower right center, in pencil, in Cyrillic script which translates as Study of Alexander II
  • 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.New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, Drawings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw, Part II, 1985, No. 77 [Illus.]
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 57.5 x 73 x 2.5 cm (22 5/8 x 28 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 30.6 x 46.8 cm (12 1/16 x 18 7/16 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),140, pl. 77.Drawing published on website http//history-gatchina.ru/town/antikvar/paint.htm.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite, red chalk, on white wove paper

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