Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Alexandra Nikolaevna

Alexandra Nikolaevna
Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia, by Christina Robertson, 1840 (Hermitage St. Petersburg).

Alexandra 'Adini' Nikolaevna (1825–1844) was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicolas I. She was a talented singer, for some time she was taught by the famous soprano Henriette Sontag

In 1844 she married Fritz, prince of Hesse. She fell ill with tuberculosis shortly before her wedding, and this complicated the pregnancy which soon followed. Three months before the child was due she went into labor and gave birth to her son Wilhelm on August 10, 1844. The infant died a few hours after he was born, and Alexandra, age 19, died later the same day. She was buried with her baby son in her arms in St. Petersburg.

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  1. What a pretty picture and what a sad story!

  2. A beautiful study of lost youth and opportunity. So sad.

  3. I agree on both counts. Even the dog looks up to her.


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