Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna Romanov of Russia Princess of Greece - Antique Photo Signed by Taponier of Paris
Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (1882-1957), wearing a tiara, signed in pencil by the photographer André Taponier (1869-1830). The photograph has also been annotated on the reverse by one of her chidren "My mother".
Elena was a Russian Grand Duchess as the only daughter and youngest child of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Her husband was Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and they were both first cousins of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
The family was later affected by the turmoil of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent turmoil in Greece, which became a republic and resulted in the family living in France for a time.
While living in France she became deeply involved in charity work for Russian exiles, particularly children. Short of money due to their exile from Greece and the loss of their Russian income, Prince Nicholas and his family lived in reduced, but elegant, circumstances. Her fabulous jewel collection, as well as Prince Nicholas' own artwork, were their sources of income.
Taponier was a French photographer, active from 1895 to 1930, specializing in celebrity portraits. D
He was a descendant of a Genevan family, and learned photography with Frédéric Boissonnas in Geneva. He died on December 26th, 1930, from a traffic accident the day before. The activity of the workshop continued until 1958 by his son Pierre, who had assisted him for a decade.
Size: 22 x 21 cm approx