Paintings and Miniatures

Miniature portrait of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna in childhood

    Miniature portrait of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna in childhood


    the 1850-1860's

    Ivory, glass, metal, enamel, lapis lazuli, leather; watercolours, gouache, casting, gilding

    15.5 х 12.0 х 8.5 cm


    A double-sided portrait miniature with a chest-high portrait of a girl in an open shoulders dress and with a lace cap on her head is inserted in the oval glass plate. It is fixed flexible. The viewer sees not only the face of the child, but her back and neck, that is, the reverse of the miniature. The miniature is fixed on an artistically decorated stand with four Renaissance male and female figurines. The whole composition is mounted on a rectangular base lined with lapis lazuli, on the reverse side of which is the name and title of the depicted person: "ВЕЛИКАЯ КНЯЖНА МАРIЯ АЛЕКСАНДРОВНА" (GRAND DUCHESS MARIA ALEXANDROVNA). Presented series of portraits is stylistically and compositionally close to children's portraits of the 1850s by the Court artist Woldemar Hau (1816-1895). This miniature could be executed on the master's layout original.

    Maria Alexandrovna (1853-1920) - the Grand Duchess, the youngest daughter of the Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) and the Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880), sister of the Emperor Alexander III. In 1874, she married the Duke Alfred of Edinburgh (1844-1900), the second son of the Queen Victoria of Britain, who in 1893 became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She died in Zurich. Buried in the family burial vault of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in Coburg (Germany).